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This set of gilded bells is cast in bronze. Each bell is of ovoid shape rather than the traditional shape that resembles two joined roof tiles. The six circular protrusions around the mouth of each bell are designed to be struck by a mallet to produce sound. The surface of the bell is cast with dragon and cloud motifs. The reign mark may be translated to read, "Made in the 52nd year of the Kangxi reign" (Kangxi wushier nian zhi); it is cast in relief in the centre front. The name of the pitch of each individual bell is cast on the back. The sixteen bells in the set are identical in shape and size. Their pitches are determined by their varied thicknesses—the thinner the wall of the bell, the lower the pitch. The sixteen pitches of this set of bells correspond to the twelve principal pitches and four auxiliary pitches of Chinese music according to Qing music theory. The bells are suspended on a rack in two rows of eight with pitches rising progressively from low to high. The pitches in the upper and lower rows also respectively correlate with the active and passive (i.e., yang and yin) forces. The rack for suspending the bells is called sunju. The character sun refers to the top rail, and ju denotes the side legs. Either end of the top rail is sculpted into a dragon’s head while the legs of the rack terminate in two multi-coloured lions crouching on pedestals. The rack is gold lacquered and further adorned with a phoenix design and colourful tassels. The entire rack has a pleasing aesthetic.