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19th C. Burmese Bronze Meditation Nipple Gong Set

$1,195.00
Southeast Asia, Burma, ca. 19th century CE. A fine and playable example of a large series of three bronze gongs, decreasing in size as they hang down from a mahogany wood and rope framework. Also a wooden mallet with a fabulous bright orange fabric covering. Burmese gongs are recognizable because of their prominent boss (nipple) in the center, just slightly recessed from the rest of the gong body. The patina - caused by oxidation - is deliberately left even when the gongs are being played, or is sometimes selectively cleaned away to create patterns like lotus flowers or stars. Size of largest gong: 11.3" W (28.7 cm); size of complete item when hung: 11.3" W x 80" H (28.7 cm x 203.2 cm)

Condition: Dark grey patina on gong surface (left intentionally by the maker, as explained above). Slight dents and wear on surface of each gong from playing. Rope is all new; gong, mallet, and mahogany bar are original.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Hawaii, USA collection

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