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Commentary

The rkang-gling is a short trumpet associated with Tibetan Buddhism. Most examples are made of metal and are played in pairs, like other wind instruments in the Tibetan monastery band. One of their functions is to announce the appearance of the dancers in ‘cham, ritual dances.

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Rkang-gling, end-blown trumpet. The conical copper pipe is upcurved in profile. Four embossed brass mounts, two of which are at the rims and a plaque on the upper surface near the bell. The mouthpiece cup is within the bore of the instrument and connects directly to the rim ferrule. The third mount from the mouthpiece is large and represents the head of a sea serpent (chu-srin or makara), with the bell emanating from its open mouth. Asymmetric teardrop shaped holes on the sides of the instrument near the bell have brass surrounds, which are connected to the bell rim. The trumpet is one of a pair with MT204-1998.

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rkang-gling; trumpet
M114
Musical Instruments

1 item (description level: whole)

423.121.12 End-blown straight labrosone with mouthpiece
Broad category
Aerophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
object name (AAT):  trumpet
object name (local):  rkang-gling
object name:  rkang-gling

Place
Tibet; Asia
Additional place information
Tibet 
Date made
1800-1900
Additional date information
1600-1700 
17th century 
1800-1900 

Materials & techniques
copper; brass
Additional material & technique information
material: brass (Decorative yellow metal)
material: copper (Main body)
Measurements
overall: 377 x 95 x 75 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 377 x 95 x 75 mm

Provenance
previous owner:  unknown 


Related objects
whistle; duct flute (M168-1981)
Related subjects
material: brass
material: copper
object name (local): rkang-glings
object name: rkang-glings
object name (AAT): trumpets
trumpets

Record created 1999-12-26 by FPALMER
Record last updated 2016-10-10 by XGVIEWS

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