Art/ Collection/ Art Object

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
Not on view
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.
Marking: (in calligraphy) Lin Ch'ao Ching
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