11" Plain Burma Bell (Kyeezee) - SOLD OUT

11" Plain Burma Bell (Kyeezee) - SOLD OUT
Item# gu-11burma-plain
Retail Price: $249.00
Gongs Unlimited Price: $199.00
Availability: Usually ships the next business day
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Although pictured with other Kyeezees, so that you may get an idea of various styles and sizes, this listing is for only one Kyeezee. Thanks!

Yes, our Burma Bells (also known as Kyeezees) come with a wooden striker and string or rope. The larger Kyeezees come with a nice yarn-wrapped mallet for the best sound.

(As they are handmade, there is always a slight variance in size and tone.)

Gorgeous and small yet long lasting in clarity and tone.

The history of Kyeezees, a.k.a. Burma Bell, is complex and deep.

Below is an excerpt from Far Cathay and Farther India (1893) by Alexander Buxton MacMahon which shows how meaningful and valuable the kyeezee has been. From getting back a captive, to an item to salve the pain from being jilted by your lover, the kyeezee was there.

"Their passion for the possession of kyeezees is so pronounced that it is said instances are by no means rare of their bartering their children and other near re lations for them, in subservience to a superstition that the deep-sounding note of these monotoned instruments propitiates the Nats and averts evil from themselves. In the settlement of serious quar rels, or in the redemption of captives, the in demnity with them always takes the shape of a kyeezee, with buffaloes and pigs as a make weight, just as in Western countries a concession of territory or perhaps some men-of-war is in- sisted on. In their social disputes also it forms an important feature, for according to Dr. Mason a girl who has been jilted can claim from her false lover a kyeezee for her body, another for her head, and a gong to cover her face for shame."


Sound recordings on all these are limited in length, for the Kyeezees when struck do go on for a long time.

This video is of a 12" Kyeezee

Kyeezees have been more than instruments, they have been valued as money before, in Burma.