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Engkuk/Kemong from the Javanese Gamelan Kyai Rengga Manis Everist

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Engkuk/Kemong

NMM 9891. Engkuk/Kemong in Laras Slendro. Suspended pots on teakwood frame. Decorated with flower and leaf pattern covered in gold leaf. Length: 68.0 cm. Mallet (tabuh) with red cord wrapped very close to one end creating a soft, springy, oval shape that comes in contact with the pots.

Function:  The engkuk/kemong is not frequently used in gamelan music today. It is a structure instrument similar to the kempiang/kethuk and the kenong. Its function is to play at specific places within a composition depending upon its structure.

Playing technique:  the engkuk/kemong is played with mallets like the kethuk/kempiang or kenong. The player sits on the floor and strikes the node (or highest point) of the pot with the soft end of the mallet.

Go to Checklist of Musical Instruments from Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

Go to The Manufacture and Ceremonial History of the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

Go to The Arrival of the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan in Vermillion, July 15, 2000

Go to The Naming Ceremony for the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan, April 26, 2003

Go to Glossary of Terms Relating to the Kyai Rengga Manis Everist Gamelan

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