Río Bueno Mission WindBell

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Río Bueno Mission WindBell. Original wind bell and windchime designs by Marc Staples at The Lago Luna Metal Art Studio in Virginia

This Southwest-inspired rustic wind bell is called "Grande Rio Bueno" and is part of our original Mission Bell Collection. The Patina Finish is our signature weathered, torched copper look with accents ranging from reddish-brown and pink to blue, yellow, and natural copper. This wind bell also features our signature grape cluster motif with intricate details on the bell’s surface that find their inspiration from grapes on the vine. 

The "Grande Rio Bueno" Bell makes a gorgeous addition to any home, deck, patio, greenhouse, or garden. It is the perfect gift for anyone that enjoys rustic elegance. 
The length of the bell body plus the striker is about 22 inches. The width and depth is approximately 3 inches respectively. A 10 inch hanging chain is also included.

Every Product Comes With Our Guarantee of Uniqueness...
Our windbells and wind chimes are individually handcrafted one-at-a-time, so from finish to fit no two pieces are exactly alike. This is our "guarantee of uniqueness" and one of the reasons why windbells from the Lago Luna Metal Art Studio have become sought-after by many collectors, a small testament that our creations are not stamped out on an assembly line.

A bit of Spanish Mission history;
The Mission of Río Bueno was a Franciscan mission in the Huilliche lands in Río Bueno, Chile. The establishment of the mission was by 1767 being planned by the Jesuit Andrés Febrés and was continued by Franciscans who established the mission in 1777.

In 1792 events related to the mission led to a Huilliche Indian uprising that year. The uprising began in September 1792, with a series of assaults against Spanish settlers in Río Bueno and Lago Ranco. Historical accounts of the uprising state that houses were torched and animals stolen. Ten Spanish settlers are reported to have been killed. Friar Antonio Curcoa, who ran the mission, was tied naked to the tail of a vigorous horse and dragged around in the countryside.