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Zhong

Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Canton, China
Culture:
Chinese
Medium:
Brass
Dimensions:
H. of stand 45 in., W. 22 in., H. of bell 15 in., Diam. 10 in.
Classification:
Idiophone-Struck-bell-without clapper
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2077
Not on view
Zhong is a generic name for Chinese clapperless bells which appear elliptical in cross-section and feature a concave mouth of opening at the lower end. This beautiful and unique form helps to generate two distinct pitches when the bell is struck. Naiton, or nipples, dragons and bats appearing on the bell's surface are symbolic of fertility and good fortune. Peaches, symbol of long life, decorate the suspension loop (nui) and a bat, representing good luck, links the bell with the frame. Bells similar to this were used in sets for rituals, or may have been played individually on special occasions.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Commissioner Drew
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 85.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 85.



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