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Unknown Maker
Ritual Gong (Mokenge) Ritual Gong (Mokenge)
19th¿20th century 19th¿20th century

These ritual gongs were part of the regalia of the Tsogo men’s professional association known as Evóvi. Composed of lawyers, diplomats, judges and orators, the organization is responsible for safeguarding such crucial information as the histories of clans and lineages. As emblems of status and leadership, ritual bells are markers of membership as well as theatrical props, which add emphasis to the pronouncements and gestures of respected elders. The white pigment that covers the face of the bell on the left likely references the association’s relationships with ancestors and the spiritual realm.

 
Unknown Maker
Tsogo peoples Tsogo peoples
Ritual Gong (Mokenge) Ritual Gong (Mokenge)
19th¿20th century 19th¿20th century
Wood, iron, brass, teeth Wood, iron, brass, teeth
height / width / depth: 47.00 x 12.50 x 9.20 cm; 18.50 x 4.92 x 3.62 in.
Gift of Justin and Elisabeth Lang, 1984 Gift of Justin and Elisabeth Lang, 1984
M84-119

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