The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
The Turkish Crescent, still used in traditional Turkish ensembles, was an important instrument of European Janissary bands during the 18th century. Also adopted by large military bands, it gradually went out of style in the mid-1800s. The instrument is equipped with bells and jingles and was played by shaking it up and down and in a twisting motion to produce jingling sounds. The Muslim crescent and horsetail plumes are emblems of the battlefield.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 222.
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. 222.