Japanese Carved Ritual Instrument
Wooden Fish Gong
Seal Mark. Circa, early 1900s'
H 9 in.(23cm), W 9 in.(23cm), D 7 in.(18cm)
Condition: very good!
Mokugyo (Chinese: Wooden Fish) is a musical instrument of Chinese origins, and
when struck with a wooden mallet it emits a sharp percussive sound. It is used
in meditation rituals in Japan, Korea, China and other Asian countries, particularly
those in the tradition of Mayhayana and Zen Buddhism; used to help chant the name
of Amitabha Buddha in the former, and to signal the beginning and end of meditation
sessions in the latter.