Butterfly-shaped "Kei" Gong

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Butterfly-shaped "Kei" Gong

metalwork / Heian / Nagano

Place excavated:Excavated at Miyabuchi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano

Heian period, dated 1001 (Choho 3)

Bronze

1面

Important Cultural Property

Metal [kei] gongs are rung to mark transitions during rituals at Buddhist temples. This is the oldest datable [kei] gong in existence.

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