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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. Asymmetrical 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.


rkang-gling; trumpet
Musical Instruments

1 item (description level: whole)

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

Tibet; Asia
Additional place information
made or collected:  Tibet 
Date made
Additional date information
date made:  1600-1700 

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

previous owner:  unknown 

Related subjects
object name (local): rkang-glings
object name (AAT): trumpets
object name: rkang-glings

Record created 1999-12-26
Record last updated 2019-04-17

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