14" Engraved Burma Bell (Kyeezee)

14" Engraved Burma Bell (Kyeezee)
Item# gu-14burma-engraved
Retail Price: $479.00
Gongs Unlimited Price: $469.00
Availability: Usually ships the next business day

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.

Each shipment we get in is different in terms of what is engraved. Usually they are images of royalty, elephants, spiritual images, but we cannot guarantee what images are currently in stock. They are all traditional images. What we can guarantee is that they will sound great. Thanks!

- The Kyeezeeheads at Gongs Unlimited.


APPROXIMATE sizes below:

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

SIZE:
Length of 14"
Height of 9.75"
Thickness of 0.75" to 1"
(Weight is roughly 11 lbs 10 oz!)





Gorgeous and 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."

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