The idea behind this bell is a moving union of opposites: a human face is opposed to one of the oldest human dreams, to fly like a bird, whereby the bird's image is inspired by the soul bird mask from Sepik river, Papua New Guinea. The character of Birdman appears as such at several instances in the world's cultures, the most familiar to me being that from Rapa Nui (Easter island). And on the surface of the bell itself, one sees three veined images of a bell interchanged by three whale tails, expressing the polarity between motion and sound, water and air or nature and culture, not excluding a diving bell amidst the ocean.
The brim is octagonal and patterned in a different way from the rest of the bell, but in the same 750 white and rosé gold mokume gane, soldered onto the bell with 750 gold.
The bell and the bail are made in the prescious metals' equivalent to damascus steel, the Japanese mokume gane technique, from respectively 24 and 12 laminated, microfunded into one layers of 750 palladium white and 750 rosé gold, the sculpture itself chased and forged from 24 layers of 750 palladium grey and 900 copper red gold. The hammer is also in 900 red gold. There is no patina applied, so no lines can be rubbed off the surface by wearing. The pendant is from a very durable and non-oxiding cobalt-chromium alloy with a blue lustre, containing also nickel, molybdenum, iron, manganese and silicium. Bail and the bird's beak are end forged, yielding a very stable construction. For its size, the bell has an exceptionally strong and long sound of ca. 2 seconds with spherical overtones and a full medium spectre, unique because of the shape, contents and working of the bell. Like all of my non-earring single bells, the Birdman bell has a perfectly upright standing position; all you need to do to disentangle the hammer after having tugged it inside for standing, is to shake it by its handle gently for a moment.
Signed and hallmarked inside the bell.
Because of its value, the bell is at present not to be sent by mail; a personal meeting in Berlin, Germany, is generally always possible, which would give you also an excellent opportunity to see and to hear what you are purchasing beforehand. Otherwise please contact me to agree about an insured parcel service.
Due to Artfinder's regulations of minimum size of artworks, I can only state the true dimensions here:
height: 32,5 mm
diameter at the brim: max. 10 mm
weight: 9,24 grams.
gold, palladium, silver, copper, chrome, cobalt, nickel, iron, molybdenum, manganese, silicium