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Tkang-gling

19th century

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The thighbone of a lama priest is the original form of the metal trumpets in this case. A single rkang-gling ('leg bone flute') is used with a pellet drum to escape epidemics. Pairs signal the entry of ritual dancers, and perform rituals connected with fierce deities. The head of a chu-srin (Sanskrit: makara), a sea monster or a dragon, often provides a decorative metalwork bell. When the rkang-gling is made of metal, bosses decorated with trefoils cover the joints where the sections of cooper and/or silver tube are joined. The trefoil, a three cusped design, is an emblem of power and authority and is used as the head of a scepter. The chu-srin and dragon are associated with water and rain and may decorate the rkang-gling.`

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  • Title: Tkang-gling
  • Date Created: 19th century, 19th century
  • Location Created: Tibet
  • Type: Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-trumpet / trombone
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Collection Online
  • Medium: Copper, coral, stones
  • Dimensions: Length: 14 1/2 in. (36.8cm)
  • Culture: Tibetan
  • Credit Line: Gift of Miss Alice Getty, 1946
  • Accession Number: 46.34.70

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