Antique/Vintage Hammered Iron Gong on Stand, Democratic Republic of the Congo (3893BKR)
H: 21″ W: 8″ D: 4.75″ | FREE SHIPPING
This traditional African hammered iron gong is elegantly shaped like a flaring bell. Heat riveted, a forging process joining two metal pieces together, it was made by Congolese tribal people. Made with 5 parallel lines of 5 decorative round bulges on both sides, it was often held using a raffia handle and beaten using sticks covered with rubber at its end. Originally a ritual instrument, they were also beaten to call members of special restricted societies to meetings and were a symbol of wealth, prestige, and influence.
Made by Nkutshu (Nkutsu) or Jonga metal smiths who traditionally had a monopoly as gong makers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) in Central-Africa, many traditional African-metalwork items like this had multiple uses. They are an example of fine Tribal-art used in Africa as ritual and ceremonial instruments, a mark of status that could only be beaten by elite members of the “Nkumi” society, a symbol of brotherhood, and also used in trade and as African metal currency. Using a rubber-covered stick, members of the tribe would also beat these gongs in religious ceremonies, and the instruments marked their prestige, power, and wisdom. The gong also set the pace and cadence for ritual and religious ceremonies and their accompanying music. For many years, they and other iron pieces were collected by smelters and melted down, so for years antique and vintage originals have been extremely hard to find and have been replaced by modern copies. Sinuous curves express their sculptural presence and do their aged patinas, and this one is elevated on a black metal stand.
|Place of Origin||
Africa, Central Africa
Ht: 21" W: 8” D: 4.75”
Ht: 53.34cm W: 20.32cm D: 12.06cm
|Materials and Technique||
Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use
18” to 23.9”
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