Xiao

Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Date: 18th–19th century

Geography: Fukien province, China

Culture: Chinese

Medium: Porcelain

Dimensions: Height: 23 1/8 in. (58.7 cm)
Diameter (At widest point): 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)

Classification: Aerophone-Blow Hole-end-blown flute (vertical)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1988

Accession Number: 1988.91

Description

Bamboo is the typical material for end-blown flutes, but special decorative ones have sometimes been produced. This molded porcelain tube, marked "Lin Chao Jing," mimics bamboo and is decorated at each end with a vegetal meander, a "Greek key" pattern, and a leaf design. That the instrument is playable is remarkable, as probably only one out of two hundred fired would sound correctly.

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