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Burmese Bronze Kyizi Grong on Stand

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1920: item # 951381

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Burmese Bronze Kyizi Grong on Stand
A small bronze kyizi gong from a village in Burma is flanked by two coiled naga, sea dragons that are Buddhist icons of protection revered throughout Southeast Asia. Kyizi, (pronounced chi-z) are, as far as we know, unique to Burma, and cast in a variety of sizes, from smaller than this one to quite large, heavy pieces. Suspended on a rope, they are struck on the upturned ends so the gong swings in a circle and emits a vibrating tone, used to mark donations to the monastery or to alert local residents to other occasions. This small kyizi may have been hand held and carried in a procession; larger ones hang outside monasteries and temples. (For another example of a kyizi, see our Archives entry #12-02.) This particular kyizi, from the early 20th century, is unusual because of the addition of the naga figures. The display stand has been added. Dimensions including stand: height 9 (23.2 cm), width 12 (31.9 cm), depth 4 (10 cm). Dimensions of the kyizi only: height 4 (10.5 cm), width 6 (15.2 cm), depth (6 cm).


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