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date: 19 November 2019

Nggo [go, gong]locked

  • Andrew C. McGraw


[go, gong]

Gong and gong chime of Flores, Indonesia. The nggo ria, similar to the Javanese kempul, is about 40 to 60 cm in diameter and 15 cm deep with a boss about 12 cm in diameter. A similar-size gong, but with a wide, flat rim, is called the gong mese (‘large gong’) and is found in the southwestern coastal region. A rare, flat gong similar to the beri of Java and Bali is called nggo buka in the Western Manggarai province. The most common type of nggo in Flores are small bossed gong chimes similar to the Javanese bonang, but with flatter and shallower gongs, as in the Sumatran talempong. In Nage these are called go; in Ngada go or gong; and in Manggari gong ko’e (‘small gong’).

Many bronze bossed gongs used in Flores are imported from Java. Larger gongs are suspended vertically by a rope passing through two small holes in their rim, either from a wooden frame or the player’s (...

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