Height: 50 in. (127 cm)
Width (At greatest point): 33 1/2 in. (85.1 cm)
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
The Turkish crescent was adopted from Turkish bands in the eighteenth century. Also used in large military bands, it gradually went out of style in the mid-1800s. Equipped with bells, the instrument was shaken up and down and twisted to produce jingling sounds. The Muslim crescent and horsetail plumes typically seen on Turkish crescents are emblems of the battlefield. The horsetail plumes are missing from this example.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Forgotten Instruments: Exhibition Catalogue of the Katonah Gallery. Exhibition catalogue., Katonah, New York, 1981, pg. 43, ill.
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.