<em>Buddhist Gong</em>, ca. 11th century. Bronze, diameter: 15 1/16 in. (38.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Carroll Family Collection, 2021.18.3 (Photo: , CUR.2021.18.3.jpg)

Buddhist Gong

Medium: Bronze

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 11th century

Dimensions: diameter: 15 1/16 in. (38.3 cm) depth: 3 7/16 in. (8.8 cm)


Accession Number: 2021.18.3

Image: CUR.2021.18.3.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Large circular gong (Banja) used in Buddhist temples. The gong is pan-shaped, with side walls around the circumference, with three small loops at top and sides for hanging. The front of the gong is decorated in cast relief with a lotus medallion with six-seeded pericarp at center and five petals, surrounded by a ring of stylized clouds or dragons. Bronze gongs of this sort, also known as geumgo, were used to summon Buddhists to assembly.

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