Gong Held by Oni


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684

This ferocious sculpture was made primarily as a display piece and possibly to appeal to the European export market. The two oni (demons) are carrying a large dora (gong) in a procession. The gong, a genuine example, is the type used in theater, tea ceremonies, and Buddhist rituals.

Gong Held by Oni, Metal, wood, lacquer, polychrome, Japanese

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