Every year Taylor’s supplies a small number of bells to Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka. It is usual for them to be hung on arched headstocks for slow swinging, and it is traditional that they are finished in gold. The inscription in Tamil poses quite a challenge for our craftsmen who have to press it in reverse into the wet loam as they make the mould!
This 15 cwt bell has a diameter of 42″ and is destined for Sivakavi Ampal in Jaffna Province and we see it here with its base coat before the gold finish is applied. Note another temple bell hung for slow swinging for a different destination in Sri Lanka in the background.