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gong
  • Bini peoples
  • gong, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • brass
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 38 x 19 x 12.5 cm width is figure hands to hands; depth at level of figures on cup
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 14 15/16 x 7 1/2 x 4 7/8 in width is figure hands to hands; depth at level of figures on cup
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1274
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Description

The roughly triangular brass instrument has a cylindrical handle opposite the open end. Bands of circles line the sides and the open end. Each side of the gong has an image of an Oba with two attendants, and one side has an additional two human figures in 3-D on the rim of a cup-like projection. The other side has three bands of "x" shapes. The open end of the gong has a human figure on either side of it with their palms together.