Musical and Ritual Instruments from Southeast Asia – Japan, China, Indonesia, Nepal, Tibet, Vietnam: Sacred, Secular, and Unusual

INSTRUMENTS!!!

Large Drum, with tacks, China, vintage, Wood, metal, hde, paint, 60" x 35", $5500., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, Ca
Antique Chinese Tiger Drum (side view – alternate views below)

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY BROWSING OUR INTRIGUING COLLECTION OF HANDMADE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Carved, cast and intricately constructed, they are beautiful works of art as well. From across Southeast Asia, vintage to contemporary, tribal folk craft to fine art, every piece was masterfully engineered to produce a particular sound. Each has its own intangible significance – some sacred from temples, shrines or holy spaces, some employed by shaman as both costume and instrument and some for traditional, secular use. Music is a highly evocative, healing and transportive magic that transcends time and spoken language and exists in every culture. Please scroll through these enchanting sound makers. (organized by type of instrument – drums, gongs, bells, strings etc… vs by country)

DRUMS

Musical Instrument, Large Drum, Byo-Uchi-Daiko (drum with tacks), Japan, vintage, Wood, metal, hide, paint, 60" x 35", $, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, Ca
Vintage Chinese Hanging Tiger Drum (top view), wood, metal tacks, hide, paint, 60″ x 35″, $5500.

 

Musical Instrument, Large Drum, Byo-Uchi-Daiko (drum with tacks), China, vintage, Wood, metal, hide, paint, 60" x 35", $, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, Ca
Vintage Chinese Hanging Tiger Drum (detail side view)
 
Musical Instrument, Early 19th c Edo Period Taiko Style (tacked down) Japanese Drum, Keyaki wood (Japanese Red Elm), rawhde, red paint metal tacks, ink, 19" x 18", $1250.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Edo Period Japanese Taiko Style, Nagadou (long body) Drum

Early 19th c, Keyaki (zelkova) wood, hide, red pigment, metal tacks, carved from one piece of wood,  ink, 19″ x 18″, $1250.

Japanese Taiko Style (tacked down) Drum, Japan, 19th c Edo Period, (new head skin and tacks), wood, rawhide, rope, iron rings and tacks, ink/paint, 20" x 24", $1200.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Edo Period Japanese Taiko Style (tacked down) Drum

19th c, (new head skin and tacks), Keyaki wood, hide, rope, iron rings and tacks, ink/paint, carved from one block of wood; 20″ x 24″, $1200.

Musical Instrument, Edo period Taiko Buddhist Drum, Japan, 18th c, keyaki wood (Japanese red elm), metal panel on side, metal tacks on rawhide skin (missing center of drum head skin on both sides) Metal ring with rope for carrying, 29 1/2" x 34", $2800. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Edo Period Japanese Taiko Style Nagadou (long body) Drum

19th c, Buddhist Drum, Keyaki (zelkova ) wood, metal panel on side, metal tacks on rawhide skin (missing center of drum head skin both sides) Metal ring with rope for carrying, carved from one block of wood; 29 1/2″ x 34″, $2800.

Musical Instrument, Hanging drum, Japan, wood frame, wood drum, hide head painted with black and gold, with Tomoe symbols (circular, turning motif referring to motion of the earth and play of forces, metal tacks, 18 1/4" x 6 1/2" ; frame - 52 1/2" x 30 1/2"), $650., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese Hanging Hira (short or flat) Drum

Wood, hide head painted with black and gold ‘Tomoe’ symbol (circular, turning motif referring to motion of the earth and play of forces), metal tacks, 18 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ ; frame – 52 1/2″ x 30 1/2″, $650.

Japanese Hanging Drum, wood and metal frame, rawhide skin tacked down. 21 1/2" x 6", (30" x 27" x 13" with stand), $750.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese Hanging Hira (short or flat) Drum

Wood and metal frame, hide skin tacked down. 21 1/2″ x 6″, (30″ x 27″ x 13″ with stand), $750.

Japanese Hanging Temple Drum, wood, rawhide, metal tacks and rings, 22 1/2" x 33", (31" x 33" with frame), $950.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese Hanging Temple Hira (short or flat) Drum

Wood, hide, metal tacks and rings, 22 1/2″ x 33″, (31″ x 33″ with frame), $950. (see top detail image below)

top detail of Japanese Hanging Taiko Style Drum
top detail of Japanese Hanging Drum (previous image)
Temple Drum, Tibet, 100+ years old, Wood, carved and painted polychrome by hand Iron, string, fabric and papier-mâché, decprated with Tibetan symbols. It is played with a curved stick and used for religious ceremonies and for meditation. 44 1/2" x 16 1/2" x 3 1/4", $1100. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Tibetan Handheld Temple Drum or ‘Dhyangro’; played with a curved stick

Early 20th c, Hide, Wood – carved and polychrome hand painted, iron, string, fabric and papier-mâché, decorated with Tibetan symbols. Played with a curved stick and used for religious ceremonies and meditation. 44 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, $1100. SOLD (see detail image below)

detail of Tibetan Temple Drum
Description Musical Instuments, Drums, wood, paint, hide skin, Indonesia, left to right - 27 1/2" x 16" $295.; white/front- 20 1/2" x 12", $225.; 25 1/2" x 13", $280., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Drums with hide laced head (middle and small size are missing head skins)

Indonesia, Wood, paint, hide, left to right – 27 1/2″ x 16″ $295.; white/front- 20 1/2″ x 12″, $225.; 25 1/2″ x 13″, $280.

Double Headed Drum, Java, Indonesia, hide skin heads with hide lacing and tuning straps. wood and paint with metal rings for carrying strap, contemporary, 21" x 10" (top) x 7 3/4" (bottom); $440. ; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Double Headed Drum

Java, Indonesia, hide skin heads with hide lacing and tuning straps. wood and paint with metal rings for carrying strap, contemporary, 21″ x 10″ (top) x 7 3/4″ (bottom); $440. (side detail see image below)

side detail of Javanese Double Headed Drum
Sumbanese Carved Hornbill Bird Drum, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, hardwood, rawhide, strap and peg style head, The Hornbill is a religious symbol of great antiquity. 22" x 7" x 8"; $1100.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Sumbanese Carved Hornbill Bird Drum

Sumba Island, Indonesia, Mid 20th c, hardwood, rawhide, strap and peg style head, The Hornbill is a religious symbol of great antiquity. 22″ x 7″ x 8″; $1100.

TEMPLE RIN GONG/MEDITATION BELL

Buddhist Temple Altar, Hammered Bronze, Singing Bowl and Cushion Stand, with Wooden and hyde Striker and Striker Stand Japan, 7" x 10" (10 1/2" x 12 1/2" with cuchion, striker - 13 1/2" x 2" (5 1/2" tall with striker stand) $1250., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca,
Vintage Japanese Buddhist Temple Rin Gong or Meditation Bell, Cushion Stand, Striker and Striker Stand

Hand hammered bronze bowl with purple and gold cushion stand, hide wrapped wooden striker, decorative wooden striker stand; Bowl – 7″ x 10″ (10 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ with cushion) striker – 13 1/2″ x 2″ (5 1/2″ tall with striker stand) $1250. (set) 

GONGS

Musical Instrument, Hanging Gong and Striker with wood frame and hand carved stand, Japan, bronze, wood, fabric, rope, gong - 32 1/2" x 36" x 12" (Frame - 17 1/2" x 6"), $2400., thedavidalancollection , solana beach, ca
Japanese Buddhist Temple Gong and Striker

Hand carved wood frame and stand, bronze, rope, cloth, – 32 1/2″ x 36″ x 12″ (Frame – 17 1/2″ x 6″), $2400.

SLIT GONGS or DRUMS

Pair of Tribal Musical Instruments, Anthropomorphic Slit Drum or Gong, Kulkul, Bali, Indonesia, wood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. Left - 39 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 7", $950.; Right - 34 1/2" x 7" x 7", $590.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Pair of Balanese Kulkul or Slit Gong or Drum

Bali, Indonesia, wood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. Left – 39 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ x 7″, $950.; Right – 34 1/2″ x 7″ x 7″, $590.

Musical Instrument and long distance jungle communication system. Sumba Island, Indonesia, Teak wood, each one of these large gongs is carved from a single piece. This type of gong or drum was developed and used by people in the forested areas as its sound will carry far through the jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower, and used to call villagers to meetings or otherevents by tapping out a signal, base is 33 1/2" square, height is 108" (tallest) www.thedavidalancollection.com solana beach, ca
Sumbanese Slit Gongs and Striker (with stand)

Musical Instrument and long distance jungle communication system. Sumba Island, Indonesia, Teak wood, each one of these three large gongs has been carved from a single piece. This type of gong or drum was developed and used by people in forested areas. Its sound will carry far through the jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower, it was used to call villagers to meetings or other events by tapping out a signal. base is 33 1/2″ square, height is 108″ (tallest) $2800.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum/Gong, depicting Semar and important Javanese God/clown, Indonesia, wood, paint, bicycle chain handle, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 36" x 10" x 12", $750., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Hanging Slit Gong or Drum Depicting Semar – a traditional God-like/clown

Java, Indonesia, Semar is an important God-like/clown, wood, paint, bicycle chain handle. (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 36″ x 10″ x 12″, $750. (see back detail in image below) 

Back detail) -Slit Drum or Gong, Semar (clown), Java, Indonesia, wood, paint, bicycle chain handle, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 36" x 10" x 12", $750., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
back detail – Javanese Slit Gong or Drum – Semar, the character depicted, is a traditional God/clown (back detail from previous image)

Javanese Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 28" x 64" x 15, $2400. thedavaialancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 28″ x 64″ x 15, $2400.

Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form with a beautiful age patina, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 12" x 34" x 9", $750. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form with a beautiful age patina, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 12″ x 34″ x 9″, $750.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong with zoomorphic head, Indonesia, Early 20th c, wood, pigment on head, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 9" x 31" x 7", $450.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Hanging Slit Gong or Drum with Carved Zoomorphic Head

Early 20th c, wood, pigment on head, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 9″ x 31″ x 7″, $450. (see image below for detail of head)

detail of head carving, Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong with zoomorphic head, Indonesia, wood, pigment on head, 9" x 31" x 7", thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
detail of head carving, Slit Gong or Drum
Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, in animal form, Java, Indonesia, jackfruit wood, paint, brown paint over an older bright blue. with an age patina, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 13 1/2" x 37" x 9", $475. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Jackfruit wood, paint, brown paint over an older bright blue. with an age patina, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 13 1/2″ x 37″ x 9″, $475.

Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Indonesia, wood, zoomorphic - horse/snake like animal with a beautiful age patina, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 13 1/2" x 43" x 13". $1250., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, horse/snake animal with a beautiful age patina, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 13 1/2″ x 43″ x 13″. $1250.

Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 9 1/2'" x 30" x 6", $370. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, paint, animal form, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 9 1/2′” x 30″ x 6″, $370.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, in animal form, Java, Indonesia, wood, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. thedavaialancollection.com , solana beach, ca 8 1/4" x 29" x 96", $390. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Carved Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, wood, Early 20th c, hardwood, paint, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 8 1/4″ x 29″ x 96″, $390.

Zoomorphic Slit Gong or Drum, Java, Indonesia, Early to mid c, wood, paint, played with a wooden striker. This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal; 10 3/4" x 26 1/4" x 8"; $390.; davidalancollection.com ; solana beach, ca
Javanese Zoomorphic Slit Gong

Zoomorphic Slit Gong or Drum, Java, Indonesia, Early to mid c, wood, paint, played with a wooden striker. This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal; 10 3/4″ x 26 1/2″ x 8″; $390. (see below image for detail of head)

head detail of Javanese Zoomorphic Slit Gong
Tribal Musical Instrument, Ironwood Slot Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, Ironwood, red paint, 13" x 58" x 12", $1050., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, Ironwood, red paint,
In Kodi, as in the rest of Sumba, the most powerful, sacred music is played on gongs. Played in interlocking rhythms with one or two gongs to a player, the music is closely tied to Marapu ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. 13″ x 58″ x 12″, $1050.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Slit Drum or Gong, Java, Indonesia, teak wood, This type of percussion instrument was developed and used by people in forested areas as its sound will carry far through the surrounding jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower and used to call villagers to meetings, or other events by tapping out a signal. 6" x 20 1/2" x 5", $145.; thedavicalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanesse Hanging Slit Gong or Drum

Indonesia, Jackfruit wood, (see 1st Slit Gong post for full description) 6″ x 20 1/2″ x 5″, $145.

STRING INSTRUMENTS

Sungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal Musical Instrument, 4 string guitar-like with pegs and strings, Kodi village, Sumba island, Indonesia, early 20th c, hardwood, pigment, anthropomorphic figure, The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 23 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 4" (with stand - 25 1/2" x 5" x 4 1/2"), $460.; thedavidalancollection.com , soland beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument with anthropomorphic figure

Kodi village, Sumba Island, Indonesia, early 20th c, hardwood, pigment, anthropomorphic figure, The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 23 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 4″ (with stand – 25 1/2″ x 5″ x 4 1/2″), $460.

Dungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Sumba, Indonesia, wood, 4 strings (missing its strings and pegs), The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka, 28 1/2" x 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $360., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with Female Anthropomorphic Figure

Indonesia, Early 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description)  28 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, $360.

Dunga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Sumba, Indonesia, wood, 4 strings (missing its strings and pegs), The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 20 1/2" x 3 3/4" x 2 1/4", (22 1/2" x 4 3/4" x 4 3/4", $375., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with Anthropomorphic Figure

Indonesia, Mid 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description), 20 1/2″” x 3 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, (22 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″, $375.

Sungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Sumba, Insonesia, wood, 4 strings (missing its strings and pegs), The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 19 1/2"" x 4" x 2 3/4", (21 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 4 1/4", $380., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs), Anthropomorphic Figure

Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, wood, (see first Dungga post for full description) 19 1/2″” x 4″ x 2 3/4″, (21 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ , $380.

Dungga or Sumbanese Lute, Musical Instrument, 4 string ukulele-like, Kodi village, Sumba island, Indonesia, hardwood, pigment, Monkey-like figure, 14 1/2" x 6 1/2" 2 3/4" (with stand - 16 1/2" x 5 3/4" x 3"), $320., thedavidalancollection.com , soland beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs), Primate Figure

Indonesia, Mid 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description), 14 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ 2 3/4″ (with stand – 16 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ x 3″), $320.

Dungga or Sumbanese Lute, Tribal Musical Instrument, 4 string guitar-like, Kodi village, Sumba island, Indonesia, hardwood, pigment, 2 anthropomorphic figures, The music is closely tied to ritual and ceremony, especially funerals. Unlikely as it seems from the looks of it, the dungga exists in the same musical world of slot drums/gongs, taking those rhythms and transferring them to its four strings. While gong ensembles can have seven or more instruments, the dungga’s four strings are enough to replicate most gong melodies: the high string, plucked by the left hand, replicates the metronomic sounds of the smallest gong, ngaha; the two inner strings play the sound of the “middle” gongs, dopoduyo, while the lowest string plays the part of the large gong or kaduka; 23 1/2" x 5 1/4" 2 3/4" (with stand - 26 1/4" x 6" x 4"), $450.; thedavidalancollection.com , soland beach, ca
Dungga or Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with 2 Anthropomorphic figures

Indonesia, hardwood, pigment, (see 1st Dungga post for full description); 23 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ 2 3/4″ (with stand – 26 1/4″ x 6″ x 4″), $450.

Sumbanese Lute, Tribal 4 String Musical Instrument, Guitar, Sumba, Insonesia, Early to mid 20th c, wood, 4 strings (missing), 25" x 5 1/4" x 4", thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Sumbanese Lute – Tribal 4 String Instrument (missing its strings and pegs) with an anthropomorphic figure

Insonesia, Early to mid 20th c, wood, (see 1st Dungga post for full description), 25″ x 5 1/4″ x 4″, $380. 

Gambus - Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings. 38" x 8" x 7", $425. www.thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Gambus – A traditional Indonesian tribal instrument.

 Gambus – Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings.
38″ x 8″ x 7″, $425. 

Gambus - Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings. 38" x 8" x 7", $425. www.thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Back detail of Gambus

 

Gambus - Lute-like instrument made by the Batak people of Sumatra. This was carved from a single piece of wood, had 7 strings and a skin covered resonator box. The peg box is carved with a zoomorphic head. It has no frets and would be played with a plektrum. Popular throughout Indonesia. Originating from the Arabian peninsula, the styles vary from 3 to 12 strings. 38" x 8" x 7", $425. www.thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Top detail of Gambus

CHINESE ERHU or VIOLIN

2 String Musical Instrument played with a bow (strings and bow missing), Chinese, wood, snakeskin, pigment, 29 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" $400., thedavidalancollection.com , Solana Beach, CA
Chinese Erhu – 2 String Violin (strings and bow missing)

China, Wood, snakeskin, pigment, The Erhu is one of the most important Chinese instruments with a 4000 year history. It is played vertically and is incredibly expressive. It you have a sound associated with China, it is the Erhu. 29 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″,  $400.

detail of resonating box - 2 String Musical Instrument played with a bow (strings and bow missing), Chinese, wood, snakeskin, pigment, 29 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 6 1/2", $400.; thedavidalancollection.com , Solana Beach, CA
Chinese Erhu Violin – detail of resonating box 
detail of top with tuning pegs - 2 String Musical Instrument played with a bow (strings and bow missing), Chinese, wood, snakeskin, pigment, 29 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". $400.; thedavidalancollection.com , Solana Beach, CA
Chinese Erhu Violin – detail of top with tuning pegs

BELLS

Musical Instrument, Ganesha Temple Bell, Nepal, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $875. , thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Ganesha Temple Clapper Bell

Nepal, antique, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, $875. (see detail images of back and clapper below)

Ganesha Temple Bell, Nepal, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $875., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
back detail of Ganesha Temple Bell
Musical Instrument, Ganesha Temple Bell, Nepal, bronze, with clapper, 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $75. , thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail of Ganesha Bell
Musical Instrument, temple clapper bell with face, Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1300. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
 Temple Bell and Dorje with Face

Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 7 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, $1300. (see detail of back and clapper in images below)

Detail back view - Musical Instrument, temple bell , Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1300. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
detail back view of previous image – Temple Bell with face
detail clapper view - Musical Instrument, temple bell , Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, 7 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1300. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail – Temple Bell with face
Musical Instrument Temple Clapper Bell with Face, Nepal, 100 years old, Bronze, 8 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1100., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Nepalese Temple Clapper Bell with Face

Late 19th to Early 20th c, Bronze, 8 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, $1100. (see image below for clapper detail) 

Musical Instrument Temple Clapper Bell with Face, Nepal, 100 years old, Bronze, 8 1/4" x 3 1/4", $1100., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail – Temple Clapper Bell
Musical Instrument, temple clapper bell with face, Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $900. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Buddhist Temple Clapper Bell and Dorje with Face

Nepal, Late 19th to Early 20th c, bronze – The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 6 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, $900. (see image below for clapper detail)

detail of Musical Instrument, temple clapper bell with face, Nepal, 150 years old, bronze, The Bell, representing the female aspect, stands for wisdom. It is held in the left hand. If the Dorje (crown motif on top) is separate, it is held in the right hand. The are always used in combination in religious ceremonies. Together they represent enlightenment. 6 1/2" x 3 1/4", $900. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Clapper detail of Nepalese Buddhist Temple Bell and Dorje
Bell Gong, Antique Japanese, is played with an unattached striker. Cloth handle strap and tassel, Bronze, 9 1/2" x 6", $1200.
Hanging Clapper-less Bell or Bell Gong

Antique Japanese Bell is played with an unattached striker. Cloth handle strap and tassel, Bronze, 9 1/2″ x 6″, $1200. 

Musical Instrument, Hand Carved Bell with Clappers, Indonesia, Early 20th c, Vintage, Teak Wood, Rope, 15" x 42" x 15", $1200. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Vintage Indonesian Hand Carved Hanging Bell with Clappers

Indonesia, Early 20th c, Teak wood, Rope, carved from single block of wood; 15″ x 42″ x 15″, $1200. (see next two images  below for clapper detail)

Detail - Musical Instrument, Hand Carved Bell with Clappers, Japan, Vintage, Teak Wood, Rope, 15" x 42" x 15", $1200. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
clapper detail of Vintage Indonesian Hand Carved Teak Bell with Clappers
Detail, Musical Instrument, Hand Carved Bell with Clappers, Indonesia, Vintage, Teak Wood, Rope, 15" x 42" x 15", $1200. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
underside detail of Vintage Indonesian Hand Carved Teak Bell with Clappers
Musical Instrument, hand carved, single piece, teak bell, Indonesia, Early 20th c, vintage, clapper missing, 22" x 33" x 12", $425., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Hanging Bell Hand Carved out of Single Piece of Teak

Early 20th c, clapper missing, 22″ x 33″ x 12″, $425. 

Ancient Chinese 'Bo' or Suspension Bells are 80 year old metal alloy reproductions of ones that are thousands of years old. Around 2000 BC, Chinese musicians worked with foundry technicians to cast matched sets of bronze bells of different data-lazy-sizes to produce a range of tones. They developed oval-shaped bells that, depending on where they were struck, produced two distinct pitches with an intentional interval between them. A graduated set of 'Bo' are hung from a beam frame and played with a hammer striker. Dimensions: (from large to small) 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 7" - $650.; 12" x 8" x 6 1/2" - $650.; 9" x 5 1/2' x 3" - $190.; 8 1/4" x 4 1/2" x 2 3/4" - $140.; 6 1/2" x 3 3/4" x 3" - $100.; 6 1/4" x 3 3/4" x 2 3/4" - $90.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Ancient Chinese ‘Bo’ or Suspension Bells (80 year old metal alloy reproductions)

Early 20th c, Vintage reproductions of Bells that are thousands of years old.
Around 2000 BC, Chinese musicians worked with foundry technicians to cast matched sets of bronze bells of different sizes to produce a range of tones. They developed oval-shaped bells that, depending on where they were struck, produced two distinct pitches with an intentional interval between them.
Graduated sets of ‘Bo’ are hung from beam frames and played with a hammer striker.
Dimensions: (from large to small) 12 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ x 7″ – $650.; 12″ x 8″ x 6 1/2″ – $650.; 9″ x 5 1/2′ x 3″ – $190.; 8 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ – $140.; 6 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ x 3″ – $100.; 6 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ – $90. 

Musical Instrument, Small Japanese Bell Gong on Bronze Wreath Motif Mount - Reproduction, Japan, contemporary, cast bronze, plastic base plate, works with an external striker, 6 1/2" x 4" (10 3/4" x 7" w/stand), $80., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Japanese ‘Bonsho’ Bronze Clapperless Bell Gong (contemporary reproduction)

Cast Bronze Bell and Wreath Motif Mount, plastic base plate, Struck with an outside striker, 6 1/2″ x 4″ (10 3/4″ x 7″ w/stand), $80.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp with pull stick, Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 1/2" x 5/8" x 1/8", pull stick - 6 3/4" x 3/8, $65., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp or ‘Gengong’, with pull stick

Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a ‘mind cleaner’ – because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 1/2″ x 5/8″ x 1/8″, pull stick – 6 3/4″ x 3/8, $65.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp (missing pull stick), Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 1/4" x 1/2" x 1/8", $60, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp, or ‘Gengong’ (missing pull stick)

Lombok, Indonesia, Bamboo, string, (for full description see 1st Mouth Harp post), 7 1/4″ x 1/2″ x 1/8″, $60.

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp (missing pull stick), Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 8 1/4" x 5/8" x 1/8", $60., thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp, ‘Gengong’ (missing pull stick)

Lombok, Indonesia, Bamboo, string, (for full description see 1st Mouth Harp post) 8 1/4″ x 5/8″ x 1/8″, $60, 

Tribal Musical Instrument, Mouth Harp with pull stick, Sasak tribe, Lombok Island, Indonesia, Early to mid 20th c, bamboo, string, played by using the mouth as the resonating cavity and pulling the string to vibrate the bamboo. There are many traditional songs written for it. It has been referred to as a 'mind cleaner' Because it uses the mouth to resonate, it clears the brain of unclear thoughts. 7 3/4" x 5/8" x 1/8", pull stick - 4 3/4" x 1/4, sold, thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Indonesian Mouth Harp or ‘Gengong’, with pull stick

Lombok, Indonesia, Bamboo, string, 7 3/4″ x 5/8″ x 1/8″, pull stick – 4 3/4″ x 1/4, $65., Sold

XYLOPHONES

Xylophone or Gambang, Java, Indonesia, early to med 20th c, Wood, hand carved and painted with 14 metal keys resting on pads made from pieces of a rubber flip flop sandals (footwear), played with 2 padded mallets, and oriented with the larger keys to the left of the player. 13 1/2" x 40 1/2" x 6"; $630. thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Javanese Gambang or xylophone, and mallets

Xylophone or ‘Gambang’, Java, Indonesia, early to med 20th c, Wood, hand carved and painted with 14 metal keys resting on pads made from pieces of a rubber flip flop sandal (footwear), played with 2 padded mallets, and oriented with the larger keys to the left of the player.  The xylophone is an essential instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble called a ‘Gamelan’; 13 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ x 6″; $630. 

Traditional wooden xylophone or Gambang Kayu, Java, Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 18 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets with the larger keys on the player's left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly carved with a simple motif around a circular hole. 23 1/4" x 52 1/2" x 18 3/4"; $750.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Traditional Javanese Gambang Kayu or Wooden Xylophone

Traditional wooden xylophone or Gambang Kayu, Java, Indonesia, Late 19th to early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 18 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets with the larger keys on the player’s left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly carved with a simple motif around a circular hole. The xylophone is an essential instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble called a ‘Gamelan’; 23 1/4″ x 52 1/2″ x 18 3/4″; $750.

Traditional Xylophone or Pattala, Burma/Myanmar, Early 20th c, 24 bamboo keys or slats, strung and suspended by a string over the decorated wooden resonating box, played with 2 padded mallets and the longer keys to the players left. It is a key instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble. Its first use dates back to around 150 C.E.; (There are 2 almost identical in our collection) 30" x 54" x 19 1/2" and 29 1/2" x 54" x 19 1/2", $ 2100. each; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of end riser_Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of end riser – Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of end riser top_Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of end riser top – Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Patalla
detail of side panel_Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala
detail of side panel – Traditional Burmese Xylophone or Pattala

Traditional Xylophone or Pattala, Burma/Myanmar, Early 20th c, 24 bamboo keys or slats, strung and suspended by a string over the decorated wooden resonating box, played with 2 padded mallets. The longer keys oriented to the players left. It is an essential instrument in a traditional orchestral ensemble. Its first use dates back to around 150 C.E.; (There are 2 almost identical in our collection) 30″ x 54″ x 19 1/2″ and 29 1/2″ x 54″ x 19 1/2″, $ 2100. each

Traditional wooden xylophone or Gambang Kayu, Java, Indonesia, Early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 20 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets and the larger keys on the player's left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly detailed with a star motif and 3 small circular holes and a monogram on the side panel; it is usually played as part of an ensemble called a Gamelan; 16 1/4" x 49 1/4" x 19"; $750.; thedavidalancollection.com , solana beach, ca
Traditional Javanese Wooden Xylophone or Gambang Kayu

Java, Indonesia, Early 20th c, wooden resonating box (grobog), 20 hardwood keys (wilah), played with 2 padded wooden mallets, the larger keys oriented on the player’s left. The 2 risers on each end are similarly detailed with a star motif, 3 small circular holes and a monogram on the side panel; it is an essential part of an ensemble called a Gamelan; 16 1/4″ x 49 1/4″ x 19″; $750.

MORE INSTRUMENTS and NOISE MAKERS – FROM THE SHAMAN COLLECTION:

Dhyango with Phurba Handle Sacred Ritual Drum, Nepal Early 19th
Dhyango or Sacred Drum with Phurba Handle

Shaman Ritual Instrument Drum, Nepal, Early 20th c, hide/skin, wood. Played by Jhakri (shaman) with a curved stick, to enter and maintain the shaman’s trance for the journey into the spirit world. A deity will often reside in the drum during the ritual. 26″ x 14″ x 6′, $900.

Damaru with Chopin (2 sided drum with sash), late 19th and early 20th c, wood, hide, fabric This power drum, associated with Shiva, is used for tantric rituals and is played with a twisting motion so the two beaters - attached by cords, hit the drum heads simultaneously. It produces a spiritual sound by which the universe was created and is regulated. The Chopin is typically embroidered with the colors of tantric elements and waves as the drum is played. large - 32" x 11" x 4 ", $700.; small with case
Damaru with Chopin (2 sided drum with sash), late 19th and early 20th c, wood, hide, fabric

Damaru with Chopin (2 sided drum with sash), late 19th and early 20th c, wood, hide, fabric
This power drum, associated with Shiva, is used for tantric rituals. A cord is tied around the middle where knotted ends make the sound when it is played with a twisting motion so the two beaters hit the drum heads simultaneously. It produces a spiritual sound by which the universe was created and is regulated. The Chopin is typically embroidered with the colors of tantric elements and waves as the drum is played. (large) 32” x 11 ¼” x 4 ½”; $700.; (small) 2” x 5 ¼” x 3” [case 6” x 5” x 3”] $500.

Sacred Ritual Drum, Nepal, Mid to late 19th c., Skin stretched over wood, iron, shaman bells and amulets, To facilitate entering and maintaining a trance state necessary for the shaman to perform rituals 17 ½” x 8” x 8” (plus 7” bell chains), $1400.
Sacred Ritual Drum with Bells

Nepal, Mid to late 19th c., Skin stretched over wood, iron, shaman bells and amulets. To facilitate entering and maintaining a trance state necessary for the shaman to perform rituals 17 ½” x 8” x 8” (plus 7” bell chains), $1400.

Shaman Ritual Apron Belt, Nepal, Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old), THis large belt is an essential part of all Nepalese shaman costumes. The belt/apron is heavy and loud with all its many parts: hide leather, iron chain and hand crafted crotal, and cylindrical bells and bangles and the brass conical bells. The cowrie shells, goat horn and wild boar tusk all are symbolic and spiritual tools. Used in rituals to protect shaman, villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over the shoulder cross straps). 58” x 32” x 3”, $3200
Ritual Apron Belt, Early 20th c, Leather, Iron, Brass, Horn, Tusk, Shell (back view)

Nepal, Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old),
This large belt is an essential part of all Nepalese shaman costumes. The belt/apron is heavy and loud with all its many parts: leather, iron chain and hand crafted crotal, and cylindrical bells and bangles and the brass conical bells. The cowrie shells, goat horn and wild boar tusk all are symbolic and spiritual tools. Used in rituals to protect shaman, villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over-the-shoulder cross straps). 58” x 32” x 3”, $3200.

Shaman Ritual Apron Belt, Nepal, Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old), An essential part of Nepalese shaman costumes, this heavy apron belt is made of hide leather, iron chains, and hand crafted cylindrical bells and bangles, brass conical and crotal bells. The yak tail, and other amulets which are attached, are powerful spiritual tools. They are worn during rituals and ceremonies to protect shaman and villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over the shoulder cross straps), 44” x 33” x 3”, $3200.
Ritual Apron Belt, Early 20th c, Leather, Iron, Brass, Yak hair (back view)

Early 20th c., (some bells up to 150 years old), An essential part of Nepalese shaman costumes, this heavy apron belt is made of hide leather, iron chains, and hand crafted cylindrical bells and bangles, brass conical and crotal bells. The yak tail, and other amulets which are attached, are powerful spiritual tools. They are worn during rituals and ceremonies to protect shaman and villagers and the area from witches and other evil beings. (it is a waist belt with hanging bells and over the shoulder cross straps), 44” x 33” x 3”, $3200.

Ritual Sword, Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam, Yao people, Early 20th c, Iron blade, aluminum bands, wood handle, metal coins, darkened patina from use and age An essential item for any Yao shaman ritual. Used to summon gods and goddesses and to punish disobedient spirits. Harmless to mortals but a formidable weapon when shaken against evil spirits. This is a male sword - top detail differs on female swords. $295. each, Dimensions left to right, (left - 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (middle - 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (right -13 ¾” x 3” x 1”)
Ritual Swords, with Rattles

Tuyen Quang province, Vietnam, Yao people, Early 20th c, Iron blade, aluminum bands, wood handle, metal coins, darkened patina from use and age. An essential item for any Yao shaman ritual. Shaken/rattled to summon gods and goddesses and to punish disobedient spirits. Harmless to mortals but a formidable weapon when shaken against evil spirits. This is a male sword – top detail differs on female swords. $295. each, Dimensions left to right, $295. each, (left – 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (middle – 15 ¼” x 3 ¼” x 1”); (right -13 ¾” x 3” x 1”)

Ritual Dragon Knife, Vietnam, San Diu people Early 20th c, Iron, patinated with use and age, Used in rituals to subdue evil forces. (small - 12” x 3 ¾” x 1 ¼”, $270.); (large - 13 ¾” x 4 ½” x 1 ¾”, $270.)
Ritual Dragon Knife, Vietnam, San Diu people Early 20th c, Iron

Patinated with use and age. Used in rituals to subdue evil forces – shaken or rattled to scare away harmful spirits. (small – 12” x 3 ¾” x 1 ¼”, $270.); (large – 13 ¾” x 4 ½” x 1 ¾”, $270.)

Ritual Dagger with Rattle, Vietnam, Yao people Late 19th c, Iron, coins, cloth These commanding rattle daggers are the most common ritual weapon used by a shaman priest. Similar in function to swords, they fend off evil spirits when shaken. The red (sometimes blue) streamers attract cosmic energy to empower it. This coin-laden top is still wound with red streamers from the ceremony it was last used in. Dimensions (left - 15” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”); (right - 16 ½” x 5 ½” x 5”) $350. each
Ritual Dagger with Rattle, Vietnam, Yao people, Late 19th c, Iron, coins, cloth

These commanding rattle daggers are the most common ritual weapon used by a shaman priest. Similar in function to swords, they fend off evil spirits when shaken. The red (sometimes blue) streamers attract cosmic energy to empower it. This coin-laden top is still wound with red streamers from the ceremony it was last used in. (left sold), Dimensions (right – 16 ½” x 5 ½” x 5”;  $350.)

Musical Instrument and long distance jungle communication system. Sumba Island, Indonesia, Teak wood, each one of these large gongs is carved from a single piece. This type of gong or drum was developed and used by people in the forested areas as its sound will carry far through the jungle and rice fields. Often hung or placed in a drum pavilion or tower, and used to call villagers to meetings or otherevents by tapping out a signal, base is 33 1/2″ square, height is 108″ (tallest) www.thedavidalancollection.com solana beach, ca


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