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Xiao (簫 )

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
China
Culture:
Chinese
Medium:
Bamboo and ivory
Dimensions:
Height: 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm) Diameter: 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Classification:
Aerophone-Blow Hole-end-blown flute (vertical)
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.56
Not on view
There are two types of Chinese end-blown flutes: those like this xiao, associated with central China, with a small U-shaped hole cut into the closed nodal end of the bamboo tube; and those from southeastern China and Taiwan called dongxiao, also seen in this case, with a completely open blowing end. Legend holds that this particular type of end-blown, notched flute was created by disassembling a panpipe called a paixiao and placing equidistant finger holes on each pipe. Used in Confucian ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, and often associated with scholars, xiao are sometimes inscribed with poems.
Rev. Gilbert Reid ; Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 23.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 23.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 111.



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