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Goqing

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Amoy Province, China
Medium:
Wood, metal, stone
Dimensions:
H. 48.3 cm (19 in.)
Classification:
Idiophone-Struck-bar-stone
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.64
  • Description

    Carefully incised veins suggest a downwardly curving lotus leaf of dark nephrite jade. The goqing once sounded to announce the arrival and rank of a guest or to denote the length of a pause following the completion of a musical piece. The great importance of sonorous substances, such as wood and stones, among the percussion instruments of the Far East stems from the religious belief that nature itself speaks to the human ear through this vibrating matter.

  • Provenance

    Rev. A. S. Van Dyck

  • References

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 21.

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 21.



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