2022-27-66 (Sheng)

Chinese free reed, polyphonic wind instrument. This example has 17 hollow wooden pipes of various lengths that have been painted black; each pipe has a rectangular slot cut into the wood on the side that faces inside, a small circular hole near the bottom on the side that faces out, and a white circular tip made of an unknown material (possibly bone). The pipes are arranged in a symmetrical ascending pattern with the 2 largest pipes facing each other on opposite sides of the base, this arrangement is meant to represent the wings of a bird; they are inserted into a wooden, bowl shaped base which has a carved, white circular piece inserted into the bottom; on one side of the base is a protruding wooden mouthpiece with a white cap that has several small decorative holes in the center, allowing air to be blown through the instrument. 

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