Antique gongs made from copper and brass from Sulawesi. Used for ritualistic purposes in the 1700's by the then animist people of Sulawesi.
Animism is the belief that objects, places and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Potentially, animism perceives all things - animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork, and perhaps even words - as animated and alive. Although each culture has its own different mythologies and rituals, animism is said to describe the most common, foundational thread of indigenous peoples' "spiritual" or "supernatural" perspectives.
Grand in stature and sculptural in presence, these gongs have new purpose as striking decorative objects. The unique patina of age, as well as the textural variations impart a one-of-kind beauty that is both modern and timeless.