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Sho

Date:
ca. 1838
Geography:
Japan
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Bamboo, wood, metal
Dimensions:
Height: 50.8 (20 in.); Diam. of body: 7.6 cm (3 in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Free Reed-mouth organ
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.98
Not on view
Like most shengs, this instrument has seventeen pipes that are arranged in the form of a circle, symbolizing the wings of the phoenix, a symbol of rebirth. The wind chamber is likened to the phoenix’s body, the mouth pipe to its beak, and the sheng’s sound to its voice.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; James L. Amerman
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 43, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 43, ill.



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