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Vintage Iron Gong

The iron gong called (Ogene) instrument is the traditional gong of the igbo people. It is a metal bell historically made by by the Igbo people of Southeast  Nigeria, with its origin traced to Achi in Enugu State and Awka in Anambra State.

The  Ogene type of bell which is commonly  used as a ''master instrument'' in a bell orchestra in the Omambala River basin of the Igboland. It is an instrument of the struck idiophone class and is made of iron by specialist blacksmith.

The bell has a flattish, conical shape, and is hollow inside. The sound itself comes from the vibration of the iron body when struck, which is made to resound by the hollow inside of the bell. The iron body is usually struck with a soft wooden stick.