Oboe (rgya-gling)

19th century

Object Place: Tibet


Length 55 cm, width 13.7 cm (Length 21 5/8 in., width 5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, copper alloy, semi-precious stones

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Turned hardwood body with conical bore. Ferrule at upper end of copper with silver beading and brass-filled engraving. Bell of copper with three brass- plated filigree rings. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Between fingerholes are five silver rings (three more missing), three mounted with torquoise and two with coral. Staple of silver.


About 1950, sold by a pawn shop on 3rd Avenue, New York, to Robert E. Lehmann, New York; 1975, gift of Lehman to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 12, 1975)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Robert A. Lehman