Gongs (gong ageng)

before 1867

Object Place: Central Java, Indonesia

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Musical Instruments



Two large bronze knobbed gongs with the Chinese characters for “Yuan Tze” painted in light green paint on the inside surface. These characters are not typically used to indicate a person’s name and therefore may be the name given to these gongs. No Gong Ageng stand survives with the pelog set of instruments. (pelog tuning)


1840, slendro-tuned ensemble commissioned by Chinese patron, Central Java. After 1840, Priyo family, the Bupati (regent) of Blora, Central Java; about 1876, pelog-tuned ensemble commissioned and combined with 1840s ensemble, Central Java; by 1990, by descent through three generations of the Priyo family to Mr. and Mrs. Supriyo, Blora, Central Java, Indonesia; July 12, 1990, sold by Supriyo to Nyonya Nora, Surakarta, Indonesia; 1990, sold by Nyonya Nora to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 1990)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Bradford M. Endicott and Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Fraser in honor of Jan and Suzanne Fontein, and the Frank B. Bemis Fund