Fantastic African Tribal Art Sculpture hammered iron gong hand-made in the Congo. This has been mounted on a custom heavy mahogany base as sculpture. Gongs were used in important ceremonies and as symbols of authority. They were highly valued and used as currency. Boasting an incredible patina this will be a conversation piece for your home or office. Size: Overall htg 26" h : base is 9 1/4" w x 5 1/2" d; gong 22"h x 4 1/2" d d x 30 1/4" tall. In very good condition there is overall gentle rust, it is very stable on the heavy base.
The last two pictures shows an example taken from a page of Roberto Ballarini's book "The Perfect Form on the track of African tribal currency"