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Tanggu

Maker:
Elevated Tone Workshop, Guangzhou (Canton)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Shangai, China
Culture:
Chinese
Medium:
Wood, oxhide, lacquer, brass, teak
Dimensions:
Height: 22 in. (55.9 cm) Width: 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Classification:
Membranophone-double-headed / barrel drum
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.28 a, b
Not on view
The tone and volume of this double-headed barrel drum can be varied by striking the oxhide nearer or farther from the center or rim. Used in theatrical performances or Buddhist rituals, drums similar to this one, suspended in a frame or on poles, have held a place in Chinese music since the Shang dynasty. Newer adaptations of the tanggu are now used in the modern Chinese orchestra.
Marking: Stamped on each head. 1) Chinese stamp: "Genuine Ma Cheng-Tien"; 2)a seal: made in Shangai, old city; 3) figure of god of prosperity.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; [ Dr. Stephen Wootton Bushell ]
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 21.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 21.



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