THE OKAZAKI COLLECTION
Gong

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Collection Okasaki Collection
Description It is a household Japanese gong (drum). It called "Mokugyo." Mokugyo is made in the shape of a fish for an interesting reason. Fish keep their eyes open all the time. The fish shapes is used remined to keep eyes open and study and trai ourselves diligently, without slacking. Signals are given with those various percussion instruments to minimize needless talk.
Mokugyo is sounded to indicat times for meals, zazen, and temple chores. Sounding Mokugyo during sutra chanting indicates the begining and the end of the reading and lets monks and lay participants know when to bring their hands together in the prayerful attitude and when tobow their hands. Beating the Mokugyo sets the tempo for the chanting.
The base color is red, there are black and gold colored details.
Dimensions H-3.3 W-4.7 L-4.7 D-1.7 inches
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Object ID 2002.0004
Object Name Gong
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Last modified on: December 12, 2013