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Chinese Musical Instruments

  • The MFA’s Musical Instruments Collection contains over 1,100 examples from around the world, ranging from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Explore a selection of Chinese instruments from the Museum’s holdings.

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  • Box drum (zhu) and base

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 16.7 cm, width 28 cm (Height 6 9/16 in., width 11 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2121a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Clappers (jianban)

    19th century

    Object Place: Hangzhou, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 75.3 cm, width 1.8 cm, thickness 0.2 cm (Length 29 5/8 in., width 11/16 in., thickness 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2130a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Rattle ball (shouqiu)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Sphere of iron with pellet of iron (?) inside.

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2124

    Medium or Technique

    Iron

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Clappers (paiban)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    In black paint on two clappers: [Chinese character?]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 25.8 cm, width 6.1 cm, thickness 1 cm (Length 10 3/16 in., width 2 3/8 in., thickness 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2118a-c

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Slit drum (bang) and mallet

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 25 cm, height 10.5 cm, thickness 4.8 cm (Length 9 13/16 in., height 4 1/8 in., thickness 1 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2128a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Slit drum (bang) and mallet

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Painted in black on bottom: [three Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 15.5 cm, width 5.5 cm, thickness 3.1cm (Length 6 1/8 in., width 2 3/16 in., thickness 1 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2116a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Slit drum (muyu) and mallet

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 20.7 cm, width 23.6 cm, depth 23.7 cm (Height 8 1/8 in., width 9 5/16 in., depth 9 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2126a

    Medium or Technique

    Camphor wood (?)

    Not On View

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  • Slit drum (muyu) and mallet

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 20.7 cm, width 23.6 cm, depth 23.7 cm (Height 8 1/8 in., width 9 5/16 in., depth 9 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2126b

    Medium or Technique

    Camphor wood (?)

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Clapper (huantou) and mallet

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Tweezers-shaped body of iron. “Striker” of slender rod of iron with polyhedral head.

    Inscription

    Stamped on each side of tang: X =

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 33.2 cm, width 3.5 cm, thickness 3.1 cm (Length 13 1/16 in., width 1 3/8 in., thickness 1 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2127a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Iron

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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    Multimedia
    • audio

      MIAudio55.mp3

  • Pair of cymbals (tongbo)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameters 17.2 cm, heights 2.2 cm (Diameters 6 3/4 in., heights 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2160a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Pair of bells (xing'er)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Music: Three tones (performed by Darcy Kuronen)

    Inscription

    Painted inside boss of both bells: [one Chinese character]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameters 6.3 cm, heights 2.3 cm (Diameters 2 1/2 in., heights 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2129a-c

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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    Multimedia
    • audio

      MIAudio56.mp3

  • Gong (dangzi) and mallet

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter 15.5 cm, height 3.5 cm (Diameter 6 1/8 in., height 1 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2131a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Gong (luo)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped in black on underside: [Three groups of Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter 22.5 cm, height 3.2 cm (Diameter 8 7/8 in., height 1 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2119

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Set of gongs (yunluo)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Painted (?) on back of some gongs: [varying number of Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 71 cm, width 46 cm, depth 16 cm (Height 27 15/16 in., width 18 1/8 in., depth 6 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2115

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, bronze

    Not On View

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Lithophone (qing)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 49.8 cm, width 18.3 cm, thickness 2.2 cm (Length 19 5/8 in., width 7 3/16 in., thickness 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2132

    Medium or Technique

    Lingbi stone

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Clapperless bell (qing)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter 18.8 cm, height 8.2 cm (Diameter 7 3/8 in., height 3 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2133

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Bell (yinqing)

    19th century

    Object Place: Possibly Xintai, China

    Description

    Music: Three tones (perfomed by Darcy Kuronen)

    Inscription

    Stamped inside bell: [two Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 27.9 cm, diameter 5.9 cm (Length 11 in., diameter 2 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2134

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze, wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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    Multimedia
    • audio

      MIAudio57.mp3

  • Bell (yinqing)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Music: Three tones (performed by Darcy Kuronen)

    Inscription

    Painted inside bell: [two Chinese characters}

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 29.4 cm, diameter 4.9 cm (Length 11 9/16 in., diameter 1 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2135

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze, bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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    • audio

      MIAudio58.mp3

  • Bell (zhong)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 30.2 cm, width 14.8 cm, depth 10 cm (Height 11 7/8 in., width 5 13/16 in., depth 3 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2137

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Bell (zhong)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 31.2 cm, diameter 22.9 cm (Height 12 5/16 in., diameter 9 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2136

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Sound Devices

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  • Camel bell (loutuo lingdang)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 41 cm, width 16.6 cm, depth 14.2 cm (Height 16 1/8 in., width 6 9/16 in., depth 5 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2138

    Medium or Technique

    Iron, copper

    Not On View

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  • Horse bell (maling)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 9.3 cm, diameter 7 cm (Height 3 11/16 in., diameter 2 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2139

    Medium or Technique

    Iron

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Jew's harp (kouqin)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    U-shaped body of iron with long slender arms. Thin tapered iron tongue welded (?) to body, with small loop at playing end.

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 12.2 cm, width 2.9 cm, thickness 1.1 cm (Length 4 13/16 in., width 1 1/8 in., thickness 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2140

    Medium or Technique

    Iron

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Frame drum (mantougu) and stand

    19th century

    Object Place: Possibly Guangzhou, China

    Description

    Inscription

    In ink on bottom of frame: [one group of two Chinese characters] and [one group of eight Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 8.3 cm, diameter 21 cm (Height 3 1/4 in., diameter 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2143a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, cowhide, iron, bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Cylindrical drum (yutong)

    19th century

    Object Place: Hangzhou, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 67.3 cm, diameter 7.1 cm (Length 26 1/2 in., diameter 2 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2144

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo, animal bladder

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Barrel drum (taogu)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    In ink on shell: [two Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 29 cm, diameter 14 cm, thickness 6.8 cm (Length 11 7/16 in., diameter 5 1/2 in., thickness 2 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2120

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, pigskin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Rattle drum (midalang)

    19th century

    Object Place: Shanghai, China

    Description

    Music: Multiple revolutions (performed by Darcy Kuronen)

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 14.5 cm, width 6.5 cm, thickness 1.4 cm (Height 5 11/16 in., width 2 9/16 in., thickness 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2117

    Medium or Technique

    Painted earthenware, bamboo, paper

    Not On View

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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    Multimedia
    • audio

      MIAudio54.mp3

  • Frame drum (diangu)

    19th century

    Object Place: Hangzhou, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 6.7 cm, diameter 20.1 cm (Height 2 5/8 in., diameter 7 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2196

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, oxskin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Barrel drum (jingu)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 56.8 cm, diameter 57 cm (Height 22 3/8 in., diameter 22 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2147

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, animal skin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Barrel drum (bofu) and stand

    1870

    Object Place: Hangzhou, China

    Description

    Inscription

    In gold on shell: [two groups of seven Chineses characters];

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 23.2 cm, diameter 16 cm (Length 9 1/8 in., diameter 6 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2142a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered wood, calf skin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Barrel drum (huagu) and two mallets

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 26.5 cm, diameter 17.6 cm (Length 10 7/16 in., diameter 6 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2145a-c

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, animal skin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Barrel drum (zhangu)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    In white paint on one head: 1222

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 10.6 cm, diameter 30.6 cm (Height 4 3/16 in., diameter 12 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2146

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, animal skin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Friction drum (hama)

    19th century

    Object Place: Possibly Tai'an, Shandong province, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 5.9 cm, width 5.2 cm, height 3.1 cm (Length 2 5/16 in., width 2 1/16 in., height 1 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2123

    Medium or Technique

    Painted earthenware, paper

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Hourglass drum (zhanggu)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 71.4 cm, diameter 26 cm (Height 28 1/8 in., diameter 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1737

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, bamboo, animal skin

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Membranophones

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  • Vessel flute (xun)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 6.5 cm, diameter 5.7 cm (Height 2 9/16 in., diameter 2 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2114

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered earthenware

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Panpipes (paixiao)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Width 19 cm, height 12.4 cm, thickness 1.8 cm (Width 7 1/2 in., height 4 7/8 in., thickness 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2097

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Panpipes (paixiao)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed on each pipe: [two Chinese characters (for twelve central pipes)] and [three Chinese characters (for four outside pipes)]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 38.5 cm, height 36.4 cm, depth 4.5 cm (Length 15 3/16 in., height 14 5/16 in., depth 1 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2098

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered wood, bamboo

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute (yue)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 50.8 cm, diameter 1.9 cm (Length 20 in., diameter 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2085

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Stage prop flute (yue)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 79.5 cm, diameter 2.2 cm (Length 31 5/16 in., diameter 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2082

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo, wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Accessories

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  • End-blown flute (dongxiao)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Incised Chinese characters on body (English translation): ?

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.2 cm, diameter 3 cm (Length 23 5/16 in., diameter 1 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2087

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute (xiao)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 53.9 cm, diameter 2.2 cm (Length 21 1/4 in., diameter 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2086

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered bamboo

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Pigeon whistle (geling)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 8 cm, diameter 8.1 cm (Height 3 1/8 in., diameter 3 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2068

    Medium or Technique

    Gourd

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Pigeon whistle (geling)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Incised on body: [one Chinese character]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 4.8 cm, diameter 6.4 cm (Height 1 7/8 in., diameter 2 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2069

    Medium or Technique

    Gourd

    Not On View

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Pigeon whistle (geling)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Incised on body: [one Chinese character]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 9.7 cm, width 8.7 cm (Height 3 13/16 in., width 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2070

    Medium or Technique

    Gourd

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Pigeon whistle (geling)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 5.5 cm, diameter 6.6 cm (Height 2 3/16 in., diameter 2 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2071

    Medium or Technique

    Gourd

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Pigeon whistle (geling)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Incised on bottom: [one? Chinese character]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 6.3 cm, length 6.4 cm, width 4.5 cm (Height 2 1/2 in., length 2 1/2 in., width 1 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2072

    Medium or Technique

    Gourd

    Not On View

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Pigeon whistle (geling)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Incised on bottom of largest tube: [one Chinese character]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 5.8 cm, length 5.3 cm, width 1.1 cm (Height 2 5/16 in., length 2 1/16 in., width 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2073

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Pigeon whistle (geling)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 6 cm, length 4.1 cm, width 2 cm (Height 2 3/8 in., length 1 5/8 in., width 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2074

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Whistling top (digezi)

    19th century

    Object Place: Beijing, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 16 cm, diameter 3.9 cm (Length 6 5/16 in., diameter 1 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2099a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo, wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Whistling top (kongzheng)

    19th century

    Object Place: Shanghai, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 15.3 cm, diameter 6.4 cm (Length 6 in., diameter 2 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2100a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Duct flute (taipingxiao)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 43.6 cm, diameter 2.1 cm (Length 17 3/16 in., diameter 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2088

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Duct flute (taipingxiao)

    19th century

    Object Place: Shanghai, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 26.3 cm, diameter 2.6 cm (Length 10 3/8 in., diameter 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2089

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Whistle (huamei jiaozi)

    19th century

    Object Place: Shanghai, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 4.7 cm, diameter 2.2 cm (Length 1 7/8 in., diameter 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2075

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Whistle (shao'er)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 6.5 cm, height 2.8 cm, thickness 2.2 cm (Length 2 9/16 in., height 1 1/8 in., thickness 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2076

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Whistle (shao'er)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 5.5 cm, length 5 cm, width 2.7 cm (Height 2 3/16 in., length 1 15/16 in., width 1 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2101

    Medium or Technique

    Painted earthenware

    Not On View

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    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Whistle (shuiqiang)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 9.7 cm, diameter 2.3 cm (Height 3 13/16 in., diameter 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2077

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Whistle (chuiji'er)

    19th century

    Object Place: Hangzhou, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 4 cm, width 2 cm, depth 0.7 cm (Length 1 9/16 in., width 13/16 in., depth 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2102

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Transverse flute (chi)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 45.2 cm, diameter 2.7 cm (Length 17 13/16 in., diameter 1 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2078

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Transverse flute (di)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 65.7 cm, diameter 2.3 cm (Length 25 7/8 in., diameter 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2079

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo, ivory

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Transverse flute (di)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 78 cm, diameter 2 cm (Length 30 11/16 in., diameter 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2081

    Medium or Technique

    Lacquered bamboo, wood

    Not On View

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  • Transverse flute (di)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    [two lines of poetry incised and filled with green ink; poet's name also inscised but filled with red ink. see below for literal translation]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 58.3 cm, diameter 2 cm (Length 22 15/16 in., diameter 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2083

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo, bone

    Not On View

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  • Transverse flute (di)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Incised on body in Chinese characters (English translation): Blue/green mountains border the Northern wall of the city / Green waters surround the Eastern wall / [author: Wen Shan]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 66 cm, diameter 2.6 cm (Length 26 in., diameter 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2104

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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  • Transverse flute (di)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Body of dark bamboo with five nodes. Bone ring at foot brass cap at head with pierced foliate desing. Six fingerholes. Two in-line holes on front surface near foot. Two side-by-side-holes on rear surface below fingerholes. Hole for mirliton (missing). Oval embouchure hole.

    Inscription

    [two lines of poetry incised and filled with green ink above embouchure hole] see literal translations below.

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.7 cm, diameter 2 cm (Length 22 11/16 in., diameter 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2155

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Transverse flute (bangzidi)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 30.3 cm, diameter 1.7 cm (Length 11 15/16 in., diameter 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2084

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Clarinet (guanzi)

    19th century

    Object Place: Beijing, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 26.2 cm, diameter 1.7 cm (Length 10 5/16 in., diameter 11 /16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2091

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Clarinet (chunguan)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 17.4 cm, diameter 1.1 cm (Length 6 7/8 in., diameter 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2092

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Double clarinet (duixiao)

    19th century

    Object Place: Probably Shandong province, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 16.3 cm, diameters 2 cm (Length 6 7/16 in., diameters 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2093

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

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  • Oboe (bili)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 27.1 cm, diameter 1.9 cm (Length 10 11/16 in., diameter 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2090

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

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  • Ribbon reed (hujia)

    19th century

    Object Place: Beijing, China

    Description

    Two rectangular pieces of tin, ends of one crimped around ends of other, and thin, short free reed of tin sandwiched between. Circular tab for holding at one end.

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 4.5 cm, width 2.2 cm, thickness 0.6 cm (Length 1 3/4 in., width 7/8 in., thickness 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2141

    Medium or Technique

    Tin

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  • Oboe (suona)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Paper label on inside of wood body: [fragmentary, but apparently the same as on 1917.2095]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 48 cm, diameter 14.9 cm (Length 18 7/8 in., diameter 5 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2094

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, brass

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  • Oboe (suona)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Paper label on inside of wood body: [seven Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 48.7 cm, diameter 14.9 cm (Length 19 3/16 in., diameter 5 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2095

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, brass

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  • Oboe (suona)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 44.2 cm, diameter 13.5 cm (Length 17 3/8 in., diameter 5 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2107

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, brass

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  • Oboe (haidi)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 32.5 cm, diameter 8.9 cm (Length 12 13/16 in., diameter 3 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2096

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, brass

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  • Free reed (guguai)

    19th century

    Object Place: Nanjing, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 3.2 cm, length 6.5 cm, diameter 4 cm (Height 1 1/4 in., length 2 9/16 in., diameter 1 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2103

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

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  • Mouth organ (sheng)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 41.7 cm, width 10 cm, wind chamber diameter 6.8 cm (Height 16 7/16 in., width 3 15/16 in., wind chamber diameter 2 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2113

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, bamboo

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  • Mouth organ (sheng)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Fragmentary label on one of longest pipes: [several Japanese? characters]

    Provenance

    Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 42.5 cm, width 10 cm, diameter 6.4 cm (Height 16 3/4 in., width 3 15/16 in., diameter 2 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.776

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, bamboo

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  • Trumpet (haotong)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 107 cm, diameter 13.5 cm (Length 42 1/8 in., diameter 5 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2105

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Trumpet (laba)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 158.2 cm, diameter 20.7 cm (Length 62 5/16 in., diameter 8 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2108

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Trumpet (zhajiao)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

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    Dimensions

    Length 104 cm, width 40.5 cm, bell diameter 17.5 cm (Length 40 15/16 in., width 15 15/16 in., bell diameter 6 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2109

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Trumpet (zhajiao)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 85.3 cm, width 16.2 cm, depth 16.6 cm (Length 33 9/16 in., width 6 3/8 in., depth 6 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2110

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Trumpet (laba)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 105.8 cm, diameter 14.4 cm (Length 41 5/8 in., diameter 5 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2106

    Medium or Technique

    Brass

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  • Trumpet (jiao)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 29 cm, width 10.9 cm (Length 11 7/16 in., width 4 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2111

    Medium or Technique

    Horn

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  • Wind harp (fengzheng)

    19th century

    Object Place: Hangzhou, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 87.5 cm, diameter 1.5 cm (Length 34 7/16 in., diameter 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2066

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

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  • Wind harp (fengzheng)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 104 cm, diameter 1.7 cm (Length 40 15/16 in., diameter 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2067

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

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  • Wind harp (yaoqin)

    19th century

    Object Place: Shanghai, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 50.5 cm, width 37.5 cm, thickness 5 cm (Height 19 7/8 in., width 14 3/4 in., thickness 1 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2065

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo, cloth

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  • Zither (qin)

    about 1550–1650

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Incised on bottom; [in Chinese characters: Music surviving from remote antiquity]; seal incised on bottom: To be treasured by sons and grandsons; in ink on the inside of the face board: [Chinese characters: (Constructed ?) in the 2nd year of the Tian Xing Period of the Da Jin (Great Jin) Dynasty (i.e., 1233 AD)].

    Provenance

    Reportedly owned by Prince Ting, an uncle of Emperor Hsuan Tung, Beijing, China; by 1932, acquired from Prince Ting's palace by T. C. Fitz Hugh (dealer), Beijing; 1932, sold by Hugh to Mrs. Walter (Mollie B.) May, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; 1940, apparently by descent to Paul B. Affelder (1915-1975), New York; 1975, by inheritance to his wife, Jane E. Affelder, New York; 1981, gift of Affelder to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Jane E. Affelder in memory of Paul B. Affelder

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 121 cm, width 19 cm, height 8.7 cm (Length 47 5/8 in., width 7 1/2 in., height 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.782

    Medium or Technique

    Wutong wood, zi wood

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  • Zither (qin)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 124.5 cm, width 17.5 cm, height 9 cm (Length 49 in., width 6 7/8 in., height 3 9/16 in.) For packing the depth is nearer 5 inches

    Accession Number

    17.2057

    Medium or Technique

    Wutong wood

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  • Zither (se)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 223.8 cm, width 49.7 cm, height 14.8 cm (Length 88 1/8 in., width 19 9/16 in., height 5 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2055

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Zither (zheng)

    19th century
    Jixiang Studio

    Object Place: Guangzhou, China

    Description

    Inscription

    Red label on top of body: [numerous Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 98.5 cm, width 20.9 cm, height 12.2 cm (Length 38 3/4 in., width 8 1/4 in., height 4 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2056

    Medium or Technique

    Wutong and other woods, ivory

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    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Lute (yueqin)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 58 cm, diameter 35 cm, thickness 3.6 cm (Length 22 13/16 in., diameter 13 3/4 in., thickness 1 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2052

    Medium or Technique

    Paulownia wood

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  • Lute (yueqin)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60.5 cm, diameter 35 cm, thickness 3.5 cm (Length 23 13/16 in., diameter 13 3/4 in., thickness 1 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2053

    Medium or Technique

    Paulownia wood

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  • Lute (yueqin)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Printed red label on back: [three Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

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    Dimensions

    Length 52 cm, diameter 27.1 cm, thickness 3.5 cm (Length 20 1/2 in., diameter 10 11/16 in., thickness 1 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2153

    Medium or Technique

    Paulownia and other woods, bamboo

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  • Lute (yueqin)

    about 1886

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed on belly: [two red seals]; on back: [three red seals]; on belly at right: three Chinese characters = saku un ryo (maker cloud[s] over [more than]); on belly at left: three Chinese characters = ?; on back: [long poem in Chinese characters]; inside of top and back: [many more Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Before 1981, gift to Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York [likely during a trip in Japan]; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 65.9 cm, diameter 36.7 cm, thickness 4.3 cm (Length 25 15/16 in., diameter 14 7/16 in., thickness 1 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.761

    Medium or Technique

    Paulownia and other woods

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  • Lute (shuangqin)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 102.6 cm, width 21.5 cm, thickness 4 cm (Length 40 3/8 in., width 8 7/16 in., thickness 1 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2054

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Lute (pipa)

    1891

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Music: Chun jiang hua yue ye (“Moonlit River in Spring”), traditional (performed by Kevin Zhen on a modern pipa)

    Inscription

    Etched in two ivory panels on neck: [numerous Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 104 cm, width 30.5 cm, depth 5.5 cm (Length 40 15/16 in., width 12 in., depth 2 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2049

    Medium or Technique

    Teak, wutong wood, ivory

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  • Lute (sanxian)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    In ink on front of neck spike: [one Chinese character]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 87.3 cm, width 15.5 cm, thickness 7.2 cm (Length 34 3/8 in., width 6 1/8 in., thickness 2 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2051

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, snakeskin

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  • Lute (sanxian)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Fragmentary paper label on front of pegbox: [several Chinese characters]; in ink inside body: [two Chinese characters ?]

    Provenance

    By the 1970s, accessioned as source unidentified to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 22, 1989)

    Credit Line

    Source unidentified

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 79.2 cm, width 14.5 cm, depth 7.3 cm (Length 31 3/16 in., width 5 11/16 in., depth 2 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1989.141

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Lute (sanxian)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    Paper label on front of pegbox: [several Chinese characters]; in ink on back of pegbox: [several Chinese characters]; in ink on back and front of neck spike: [a few Chinese characters]; at small ends of tuning pegs: [one Chinese character on each]

    Provenance

    Before 1989, Moffatt-Ladd House, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. By 1989, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America -New Hampshire (NSCDA); 1989, gift of the NSCDA to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 20, 1989)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the National Association of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 83.2 cm, width 14.3 cm, thickness 7.2 cm (Length 32 3/4 in., width 5 5/8 in., thickness 2 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1989.699

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, python skin

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    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Hammered dulcimer (yangqin)

    19th century
    Jixiang Studio

    Object Place: Guangzhou, China

    Description

    Inscription

    Red paper label on soundboard: [numerous Chinese characters]; red paper labels along each bridge: [Chinese characters, presumably for each note name]; stamped on both sides of tuning hammer: [several Chinese characters]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 70 cm, width 25 cm, height 11 cm (Length 27 9/16 in., width 9 13/16 in., height 4 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2064

    Medium or Technique

    Paulownia wood, ivory

    Not On View

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  • Zither (laqin)

    19th century

    Object Place: Beijing, China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.9 cm, width 15.5 cm, height 8.5 cm (Length 22 13/16 in., width 6 1/8 in., height 3 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2063

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

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    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (erhu)

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 76 cm, depth 12.9 cm (Length 29 15/16 in., depth 5 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2061a

    Medium or Technique

    Wood, python skin

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (banhu) and bow

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 62.1 cm, diameter 9.6 cm, depth 8.6 cm (Length 24 7/16 in., diameter 3 3/4 in., depth 3 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2059a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo, wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (banhu) and bow

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    In pencil on back of tip of neck: TI KIN

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 69.3 cm, diameter 8.3 cm, depth 7.6 cm (Length 27 5/16 in., diameter 3 1/4 in., depth 3 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2058a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Coconut shell, wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (jinghu) and bow

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 46.2 cm, diameter 6 cm, depth 10.5 cm (Length 18 3/16 in., diameter 2 3/8 in., depth 4 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2060a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo, wood, python skin

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

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  • Fiddle (sihu) and bow

    19th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Inscription

    In pencil at top end of neck: Ssu hsien

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 74.6 cm, diameter 8.3 cm, depth 10.2 cm (Length 29 3/8 in., diameter 3 1/4 in., depth 4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2062a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo, wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    More Info

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