Sezione Archeologica (Il Medioevo) – Sala VIII

Type: Bell

Material: bronze

Age: 1878

Size: 47cm x 40cm

Origin: Mother – Church of Saint Benedict the Abbot



The embossed inscription (AD 1878) provides the date of the metal casting, i.e. 1878. The bell has the tipically shape of inverted cup. Given the absence of the yoke, it was probably a fixed bell, anchored to a beam. Maybe, it was part of a group of bells. On the central part of the cap, there are two reliefs, placed so diametrically opposite, which represent The Virgin with Child and The Immaculate Conception.

Before being exposed, the bell has been subjected to cleaning and restoration treatments, by preserving the state of oxide, at the laboratory of archeological restoration of the Museum.


Steps of restoration:

Removal of deposits of dust and droppings by brushes and paint brushes.  Cleaning with absolute ethyl alcohol (99.9%) applied by brush.

Note: the bell, belonging to the Mother Church of St. Benedict the Abbot, is temporarily exposed at the Historical Section of the Museum of Cetraro.