Japanese Carved Ritual Instrument
Wooden Fish Gong
Seal Mark. Circa, early 1900s'
H 8.5 in.(22cm), W 7 in.(18cm), D 6 in.(15cm)
Condition: very good!
Mokugyo is a musical instrument of Chinese origins. It emits a sharp percussive
soundand when struck with a wooden mallet . It is used in meditation rituals in
Japan, Korea, China and other Asian countries. Mokugyo are found in various sizes
and shapes, ranging from a few inches for private practice, to the largest 3.5
ft. mokugyo located at the Hasedera Temple in Kamakura Japan. This mid size rendition
is carved in the traditional design of the mokugyo, with two dragon fish heads
and a wisdom pearl to form the handle, a bulbous cavity comprises the sounding
block, the instrument is hollowed with a cavity ridge around the base, and the
motif is rendered in perfect symmetry with deeply carved fish scales on two sides.
Aged lacquer with an
attractive red, this antique mokugyo has a few mallet strike marks from usage
in the past, but otherwise the piece is in excellent condition.
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