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Estimate: 1'900 GBP   |   Starting price: 1'400 GBP ---
A LARGE BORNEO CAST BRONZE GONG, TAWAK-TAWAK
19th century


A LARGE BORNEO CAST BRONZE GONG, TAWAK-TAWAK
19th century
9 x 47 cm

Finely decorated on the external surface with three Chinese-style dragons amidst sinuous vegetable scrolls, with a bronze suspension chain.

Provenance: Acquired before 1975.


Tawak-tawak gongs were usually used as signal to call people, but it was also attributed to them a magical power against demons; furthermore, they were considered symbols of authority and sometimes used as a kind of currency.
A very similar gong is in the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (inv. RV-893-107).

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