This 14 inch Gong from Vietnam is made of bronze and the Dragon image is etched into the bronze. The center "bell" or "nipple" helps create a clear, beautiful tone when struck.
This is a great small gong that can be used for clearing out spaces, energy fields, or just celebrating the return of Frodo from destroying the ring.
The Dragon is one of the most used images in Vietnam. In the Vietnamese culture, the dragon symbolizes royalty and power. The dragon is the most important animal in Vietnamese myths.
It can live in the air, underground, in water. Don't mess with the Dragon, baby! The Vietnamese believe it can spit a lethal vapor which can turn into either water or fire, depending on its need.
The earliest known use of the Dragon in Vietnamese Culture goes back to the Dong Son civilization which was all the rage back from 400BC to 200AD.
Of course the Chinese stepped into Vietnam in a big way during that time til like 900 AD and a big influence to the Vietnamese Art. Around this era, the Vietnamese Dragons took on the characteristics of the Chinese Dragon.
Vietnam, forever feisty, became independent of the Chinese again and they designed a new dragon for them. It is more a a water dragon in comparison with Chinese dragon. As Vietnam has a lot of coast. This dragon has a thin and long body of snake, small head with long whiskers and mane, and fine legs with small claws.