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Hand Hammered Bronze Burmese Gong

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1980: Item # 985475

Please refer to our stock # 55-25 when inquiring.
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This hand hammered bronze gong from Burma emits a mid-range mellow tone when struck at the center of its starburst pattern with a padded mallet. Hanging circular gongs of this sort are used in a Burmese orchestra, where an ornate lacquered wood gong circle, called a “kyi waing” surrounds 20 or so gongs of graduated sizes and tones. Gongs of various sizes also are used for Buddhist rites in temples and monasteries throughout Burma. When created for use as musical instruments, these carefully hand crafted gongs are “tuned” by adding beeswax to the inside rim of the hollow bronze form to achieve the desired sound. (For a description of the gong-making process in Burma, see “Burmese Crafts Past and Present” by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994, pp. 141, 142.) This gong, made during the late 20th century, measures 13” (33 cm) in diameter, and 2” (5 cm) in depth. See other Burmese gongs in our current inventory that are mounted on custom made elmwood stands by searching on inventory numbers 55-14 and 55-22. SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM