Kong nyee

The kong nyee (គង​ញី literally feminine gong) is a bossed gong from Ratanakiri province in northeastern Cambodia.[1]. The instruments vary in size, for different pitches.[1]

The instrument is a round bronze-brass alloy plate with a round lump in the center, called a boss (like a shield boss) in English.[1] The Khmer word translates to "breast".[1] Musicians strike the boss with a mallet to get the best sound from the gong.[1] The "male gong", kong chmol, lacks the boss in the center.[2].

References

  1. Khean, Yun; Dorivan, Keo; Lina, Y; Lenna, Mao. Traditional Musical Instruments of Cambodia (PDF). Kingdom of Cambodia: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. p. 176.
  2. Khean, Yun; Dorivan, Keo; Lina, Y; Lenna, Mao. Traditional Musical Instruments of Cambodia (PDF). Kingdom of Cambodia: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. pp. 174–175. The gong face is flat...
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