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Lapa

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Date:
19th century
Geography:
China
Culture:
Chinese
Medium:
Metal
Dimensions:
Height: 37 in. (94 cm) Diameter (Of bell): 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Classification:
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-trumpet / trombone
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.22
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 in Lend 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.



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