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Ko-Tze

Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
China
Culture:
Chinese
Medium:
gourd, bamboo
Dimensions:
1-1/2 in. x 1-1/2 in.
Classification:
Aerophone-Whistle Flute-whistle
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1686
Not on view
Whistles like this one, made of bamboo and gourd, weigh only a few ounces. They are attached to the tails of pigeons, and are heard as the birds fly overhead. When attached to a carrier pigeon, the whistle alerted the recipient of the bird's arrival. Each of these ko tzes is inscribed with the character for "loyality," perhaps in reference to the faithful homing of each pigeon.
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. 22.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 22.



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