Creator

Preview

image preview

Source

David C. Graham Collection

Maxey Catalog Number

WHIT-G-0040 a,b, c

Description

Two wooden bells and a mallet, bells also called fishheads. Mallet (40 A) small oval head with long narrow handle made of wood. used to strike fish head bells or drums. Small fishhead (40 b) hollow bell shape with slit on the bottom, carved on top and sides. Large fishhead (40 c) same as b, but bigger with written characters on front and back. Used in Buddhist worship. Of Buddhist origin, wooden fish is used during worship in both Buddhist and Taoist temples. Also called fish-head. The name derives from a tradition that says the first Buddhist Scriptures were lost in a river and swallowed by a fish. At the word of the oracle, the people caught the fish and beat it on the head with a club: for each stroke the fish gave back one word until all the scriptures were revealed. In memory of this, the wooden fish is beaten once for every word in the scripture that is chanted. Qing Dynasty 1644-1911.

Type

Physical object

Format

Wood

Number of Artifacts

3

Cultural Affiliation

Chinese

Spatial Coverage

China

Broad Date

1644/1911

Donor

Dr. David Crockett Graham

Rights

If you have questions about permitted uses of this content, please contact the ARMINDA administrator.

Share

COinS
 

Rights Statement

Rights Statement

Copyright Not Evaluated. URI: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/CNE/1.0/
The copyright and related rights status of this Item has not been evaluated. Please refer to the organization that has made the Item available for more information. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.