Chinese / Dung-Chen / early 17th centuryChinese
early 17th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Chinese
Title: Dung-Chen
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1600
Creation End Date: 1633
Creation Date: early 17th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Aerophone/lip blown/long trumpet
Materials and Techniques: Brass, copper, cloisonné
Dimensions: L. 74 in. (188 cm); Diam. 12 in. (30.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1988.349
Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Freedman Gift, by exchange, 1988

Although Confucianism remained the basis for the structure of government in China, it was Buddhism, introduced in the first century B.C.E., which flourished from the Han to the Tang (206 B.C.E.-C.E. 907). Among the instruments associated with Buddhism was the dung-chen, a long trumpet played for preludes, processions, and morning and evening calls to prayer. It was unusual for musical instruments to be enameled; cloisonné was usually reserved for containers, such as boxes or vases. This Tibetan-style long trumpet was among the many instruments made in China and sent as gifts to impress officials of bordering nations. Gifts of musical instruments and the musicians who played them were common in east Asia. This political custom promoted the dissemination of musical ideas. The dung-chen, like many Asian trumpets, collapses for storage.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1988.349
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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