Gamelan gongs with stand

This instrument with knobbed gongs is called bonang. It is one of the instruments in the gamelan that plays more elaborate melodies. The term 'gamelan' refers to the action ('an') of hammering ('gamel') the bronze instruments such as gongs and drums among several other types of instruments with beaters. The bronze instruments play the main melody and are accompanied by softer wind, wood and string instruments. The practice of taking off shoes and not stepping over the instruments is a sign of respect and it is believed that the correct manner of playing results in refinement of one's character. Today, gamelan music remains an important part of court and village life in Java. Many sets are kept as royal heirlooms (pusaka) and are played at important ceremonies.

Date/Period
c. 1960's
Region
Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: 006: H15.0 x Dia 22.0 cm, Object size: 008: H12.0 x Dia 21.0 cm, Object size: 002 - 003: H15.0 x Dia 21.0 cm, Object size: 009: H13.5 x Dia 21.0 cm, Object size: 004: H14.5 x Dia 21.0 cm, Object size: 005: H15.5 x Dia 21.0 cm, Object size: 007: H13.5 x Dia 21.5 cm, Object size: 001: L160.0 x W58.0 x H48.0 cm, Object size: 011: H13.5 x Dia 22.0 cm, Object size: 010: H13.0 x Dia 21.0 cm
Accession No.
2000-08168
Material
Bronze, wood
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Musical Instruments