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Dung Chen

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Tibet
Culture:
Tibetan
Medium:
Metal
Dimensions:
L. 172.7 cm (68 in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-trumpet / trombone
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2563
Not on view
Collapsible long trumpets of brass or silver are found throughout Tibetan culture areas. Made of three or four telescoping sections, these trumpets play only two or three notes. Tonal variety is achieved in subtle ways--by wavering the pitch, fluctuating volume and intensity and by different ways of attaching and releasing the note. Pairs of dung chen are played in ensemble preludes and interludes, alone or in alternation with rgya-glings (shawms) for morning and evening calls from monastery roofs.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 88.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 88.



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