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    A monk musician on the roof of the house of Chania (in Gyantse?), holding a telescopic trumpet.

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    • 1927
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    • Length: 25.5 centimetres
    • Width: 20 centimetres
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        "F12" on back
  • Curator's comments

    Biography: Lhalungpa, L. 1983: p136. for reference on dried human heads. BM Ref.No OA 1933,5-8.38a Telescopic trumpet - Tibet 18th century, presented by Sir Charles Alf Bell. BM Ref.No OA 1933,5-8.38b Telescopic trumpet - Tibet 18th century, trimmed with copper and brass. Trumpets were sounded from the rooftops of monasteries during prayers and ceremonies. The note produced was deep and reverberating.


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