Material: Wood, iron and fabric
Description: Elaborate gong beaters are sculpted with images
of humans, animals, masks & geometric designs and are used by
Komien, professional spirit mediums who perform divinations.
rigorous training that can take several years to complete, a medium
is conditioned to enter a trance to the steady beating of the small
The diviner usually enters the trance indoors, before he
or she proceeds to the public space where the consultation is to be
During the session which may last several hours, the medium
holds the gong & lawle, striking it if the trance begins to wear off.
While possessed, the medium speaks with the voices of various
Cures prescribed by Komien are often remarkably
effective in combating both physical & psychological ills.
Total height 12 1/2".
Base measures 6 1/2" wide x 2 1/2" deep.
Actual gong beater 11 5/8" Height x 1 1/2" width x 3" depth.
Actual gong 5 7/8" Height x 2 3/4" width x 1 5/8" depth.