A bell plate is a percussion instrument consisting of a flat and fairly thick sheet of metal, producing a sound similar to a bell.
Bell plates come in many shapes and are made from many different metals. Some are used as unpitched percussion, and others tuned for use as pitched percussion
Most bell plates are suspended by cords passed through two holes in the plate. An exception is the Burma Bell, a distinctively shaped bell plate that is often mounted using a single hole, allowing it to spin when struck producing doppler effects.
Bell plates can be used (substitute for bells) on Mahler Symphonies 7, 8, and 9, and in Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.
A bell plate can be heard in the song "16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought-Six" by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits.