Indonesian gong (tawak-tawak) suspended from Japanese frame

Price:  1.150,00

A beautiful marriage of an ornate Indonesian brass gong, known as tawak-tawak, hanging from a Japanese black lacquer frame made from precious solid Keyaki wood (Zelkova – “Japanese oak”).

The gong is from Sarawak, Malaysia or Brunei. Cast using the lost wax process, it is elaborately decorated in relief on the face and has a lovely dark brown patina. A continuous circular design of Chinese-style sinuous dragons with leaping carps at their feet. Surrounded by a decorative edge, continuing on the sides.

The centre with a dome shaped point, which bolsters the resonance, and the very broad sides lower the sound created. The particularly prominent central boss and wide rim are typical of Malay gongs compared with Thai and Burmese gongs that are flatter and more shallow.

Tawak-tawak once were used as signal gongs to call people together. They tended not to be used as part of a gamelan orchestra as in nearby Indonesia. Gong smiths, like keris smiths, worked in an atmosphere of magic and incantation. Some gongs were believed to be protected by supernatural beings.

Extant examples of old brass ware from Brunei and elsewhere on the island of Borneo frequently exhibit strong Chinese influence such as dragons, despite Islam being Brunei’s main religion today.

Complete with Japanese burl wooden bachi 撥 (striker) with a great aged patina.

The frame with curled points, broad sturdy feet, and two hooks to hang the gong from, and the bachi.

In a very good original condition with minimal traces of wear conform age. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.

Period: Japan & Indonesia – 19th century.

Diameter 40.5 cm, Depth 12 cm.
Length 32 cm.
Height 72.8 cm, Width 75.8 cm, Depth 29.8 cm.
Total weight 8.0 kg.

Provenance: Bought at an auction in Kyôto, Japan.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : C2474


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