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date: 19 November 2019


  • David Hughes
  • , revised by Henry Johnson


Gong of Japan. The term (do: ‘copper’, ra: ‘metal tray’) generally denotes a suspended rimmed gong, usually about 30 to 100 cm in diameter. Other names, such as nyō, which is often used in Buddhism, depend on its usage. It is made of bronze or sahari (a copper alloy) and is extremely thin on the face as a result of being hammered after casting. Three main types of dora, based on the type of face, are: flat face, face with concentric circles, and face with many small projections, the last two types often with a central boss. The dora is suspended vertically by cord tied to two holes in the rim and hangs from a beam, from the player’s hand (for smaller instruments), or within a rectangular wooden frame. The centre of the face is usually struck with a padded wooden beater, but in the traditional lion dance of Okinawa, a thick braided rope is used to strike it, and a thin wooden wand is sometimes used in ...

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