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date: 07 December 2019


  • Gini Gorlinski


Bossed gong of the Karo (Batak) people of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. About 15 cm in diameter, it derives its name from anak (‘child’). It is made of bronze, brass, or copper. The penganak is played on festive occasions in the gendang sedalanen ensemble. Together with a gung (a larger suspended gong) it sounds a repeating pattern that provides a foundation for the rhythmic activity of two tiny drums—the ...

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