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Kettle-gongs (kenong)

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Two bronze knobbed kettle gongs which are suspended horizontally on new red cotton rope tied to the corner finials of the square red painted wood case with carved panels. Two posts and one foot are replacements carved by Javanese craftsmen. (slendro tuning)

Provenance

1840, slendro-tuned ensemble commissioned by Chinese patron, Central Java. After 1840, Priyo family, the Bupati (regent) of Blora, Central Java; about 1876, pelog-tuned ensemble commissioned and combined with 1840s ensemble, Central Java; by 1990, by descent through three generations of the Priyo family to Mr. and Mrs. Supriyo, Blora, Central Java, Indonesia; July 12, 1990, sold by Supriyo to Nyonya Nora, Surakarta, Indonesia; 1990, sold by Nyonya Nora to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 1990)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Bradford M. Endicott and Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Fraser in honor of Jan and Suzanne Fontein, and the Frank B. Bemis Fund

1840

Object Place

Central Java, Indonesia

Accession Number

1990.551a-d

Medium or Technique

Teak, bronze

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Idiophones