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date: 22 November 2019

Mung [mong]locked

  • Jack Percival Baker Dobbs
  • , revised by Patricia Matusky

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[mong]

Gong of Malaysia. It is of indefinite pitch, has a central boss and sloping side, and is made of bronze or an alloy of copper, tin, and iron. It is about 18 cm in diameter and about 13 cm deep. A single mung is suspended horizontally in a low wooden frame, boss upwards, by cords threaded through two opposed pairs of holes in the rim; sometimes it is simply placed on the ground. It may be played singly, in pairs, or in fours (in which case the gongs are often arranged in a square). The small wooden beater (pemukul mung) has a head bound with several thicknesses of rubber. The mung is a member of the instrumental ensemble once used to accompany the wayang kulit Melayu or wayang Jawa, an extinct form of shadow-puppet play performed in the courts of the northern Malay sultanates of Kelantan and Kedah....

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