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Dizi

Date:
19th century
Geography:
China
Culture:
Chinese
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
L. 61cm (24in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Blow Hole-side-blown flute (transverse)
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2219
Not on view
In addition to the blow hole and finger holes, the dizi, also known as the di or ti, has an extra hole covered with a membrane or a tissue-thin piece of bamboo which produces a poignant buzzing tone. There may also be a number of vent holes at the end, from which tassels are frequently hung. Usually made of bamboo and closed at the upper end, this example is made from marble.
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. 24.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 24.



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