On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684

The Turkish crescent was adopted from Turkish bands in the eighteenth century. Also used in large military bands, it gradually went out of style in the mid-1800s. Equipped with bells, the instrument was shaken up and down and twisted to produce jingling sounds. The Muslim crescent and horsetail plumes typically seen on Turkish crescents are emblems of the battlefield.
The horsetail plumes are missing from this example.

Schellenbaum, Brass, wood, Russian

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