Object Title

Temple gong

Temple gong



Object Number



Found in Tower Store 2, New Armouries, Tower of London, 1984.

Physical Description

Of cast iron, made in a two piece mould with considerable flash remaining around the edge. The general shape is circular, with a central ornately shaped stem that terminates in two curved arms that encircle around and almost touch the stem. All elements are outlined by cast semicircular rims. At the top of the stem is a square hole for suspension. Around the outer edge of the arms is a fret pattern whilst three columns of inscription occupy the central part. The stem has broken across and has been repaired by a rectangular iron patch riveted to the back.


Dimensions: height 61.6 cm (24.3 in), width 60.0 cm (23.6 in) Weight: The weight of the object is 23.45 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

The inscription reads: 'Guanyin ya, bao shu tang li, Qianlong wushi nian' (Guanyin cliff, treasure forgiveness hall built, 50th year of the Qianlong emperor (1736-95)).


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