The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
Collapsible long trumpets of brass or silver are found throughout Tibetan culture areas. Made of three or four telescoping sections, these trumpets play only two or three notes. Tonal variety is achieved in subtle ways--by wavering the pitch, fluctuating volume and intensity and by different ways of attaching and releasing the note. Pairs of dung chen are played in ensemble preludes and interludes, alone or in alternation with rgya-glings (shawms) for morning and evening calls from monastery roofs.