Height: 37 in. (94 cm)
Diameter (Of bell): 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-trumpet / trombone
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
Like many other instruments, the straight trumpet was introduced into China from Central and West Asia during the Eastern Han dynasty (A.D. 25-220). Originally used with drums and loud wind instruments in state processions and military events, this type of trumpet served a number of purposes during the nineteenth century. It was played in pairs by soldiers, blown by firefighters when they had finished putting out a fire, and sounded at funerals and at the end of some theatrical performances. Itinerant knife grinders and peddlers used a smaller version. The laba exists in a variety of sizes, and like many Asian trumpets, it has a wide, shallow mouthpiece and is collapsible.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Rev. Gilbert Reid
Hosted by Laurence Libin inLend Us Your Ears: A Series of Twelve Radio Programs. CD. Recording., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1978.
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 15.
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 15.