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Kin (Bowl Gong), Japan, ca. 1870

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NMM 5561.  Kin, Japan, ca. 1870

NMM 5561. Kin (bowl gong), Japan, ca. 1870. Hammered-bronze bowl gong. Red-lacquered wooden stand with bronze plaque fittings and blue cushion. Gongs such as this, with openings oriented upward, are played in tandem with the temple block, or mokugyo. Rim is struck with a wooden mallet wrapped in leather to punctuate Zen Buddhist temple music. In geza, the off-stage music of the kabuki theater tradition in Japan, the kin evokes temple scenes. Four feet tall. Purchase funds gift of Margaret Ann and Hubert Everist, Sioux City, Iowa, 1993.

Inscriptions on Rim

Inscription on rim, detail

Inscription on kin, Japan, ca. 1870

Messages of good will are sometimes inscribed on the rims of Japanese bowl gongs.

The Gong

Side of bowl gong
Bottom of bowl gong

Side View

Bottom View

Inside bowl gong
Hammer marks inside bowl gong

Interior View

Close-up of Interior Hammer Marks

Outer edge of rim
Inner edge of rim

Outer Edge of Rim

Inner Edge of Rim

Views of the Stand

Gong on stand Stand without gong

Top of stand Top view of stand

Details of Selected Bronze Placque Fittings

Leg of stand

Decorative detail 1

Decorative detail 2

Decorative detail 3




[Recent Acquisitions], The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. 21, No. 2 (January 1994), p. 5.

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