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    • Zither (yang-chin)

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    • Zither (Yang-chin).The body of this stringed instrument has the form of a trapezoidal box. A lid is used to protect the sounding board when not in use. Fine, metallic wires, arranged in sets of two, three, or four to each note, decrease in length...
    • Spirit House and courtyard

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    • Spirit House, courtyard and two lanterns, probably made of cast plaster. Spirit Houses are common throughout Thailand and appear outside homes, businesses and in natural settings like lakes and caves. They are used as places of residence for...
    • Reliquary (Chorten)

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    • A chorten is a reliquary used to hold consecrated ashes of a revered person, or of discarded sutras (sacred texts). This square bodied chorten has eight seated Buddhas at the base of each of the four sides. All are portrayed with the same dhyana...
    • Lacquered trays

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    • Ten black lacquered trays with red and gold fish and other marine animals. Done with a fine technique. There are five designs used on the ten trays.
    • Nephrite jade sash buckle

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    • Nephrite jade sash buckles embellished with rubies, emeralds, and sapphires inset in gold. Nephrite jade was first used in India during the time of the Mogul emperors who had access to it from their wide-spread Central Asia possessions. Gemstones...
    • Zither (Zheng)

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    • The 16-string Zheng, a traditional solo instrument, evolved from the legendary ""Seh"" and the Confucian Qin. The first, second, and third fingers of the right hand of the player of a Zheng employ different types of plucking or glissandi on the...
    • Xylophone (Gangsa)

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    • Gangsa, an instrument from Indonesia used in a gamelan ensemble. Built with six metal bars over bamboo resonators. The frame is elaborately carved sahwa wood. On one side of the instrument a goat and monkey, mythical animals from Balinese legends,...
    • Water vessel (Yi)

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    • The Yi is a vessel thought to hold water used in ritual hand-washing. This piece has a semi-zoomorphic form with four typical Zhou designs on the legs. The handle has a 2-horned spined creature with a curved tail. There is an inscription inside the...
    • Zither (Qin)

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    • Qin (CH'IN), a fretless Chinese board zither with seven strings. The Qin (CH'IN) evolved into its present form in about the Han Dynasty Period (206 BCE - 211 CE). It has been used in this form in Confucian rituals up to the present time. The Qin...
    • Ritual libation vessel (Kalasa)

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    • The Kalasa is used as the libation vessel. Water in an important element in Tibetan rituals and is always present on the altar. During rituals, lamas sprinkle water on the figures of deities and on worshippers to wash away defilements.
    • Han Dynasty watch tower

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    • Earthenware with copper lead glaze made of three well modeled sections that form a watch tower, rising from the middle of a circular, walled moat with standing and sitting geese in the moat and perched at the edge of the wide flat rim. The first...
    • Sari

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    • Hand-woven silk sari designed with alternating small (3/4"") red-green and red squares. A primarily green color band outlined by a narrow gold line is at opposite ends of the fabric.. The same green and gold is used along the edges of the fabric...
    • Ritual trumpet (Rag Dhun)

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    • Copper with silver mounting, in 3 telescopic sections. The Rag-Dhun is a trumpet type instrument used in a special ritual by an esoteric sect of the Karma kaputa monks in Tibet. The largest form has a length of about 16 feet and sounds the drone or...
    • Figure of Palden Lhamo

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    • Palden Lhamo in bronze and covered in gilt, astride a mule. In Buddhism, Lhamo is one of the Dharmapalas (wrathful deities and protectors of the faith) and the only female of the ""Eight Guardians of the Law."" She is considered to be a special...
    • Harp (Saung Kauk)

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    • The Saung Kauk, named after its curved arch, is commonly used throughout Burma (Myanmar) for solo playing, for accompanying singers, or for chamber playing by either professional or amateur musicians. The arch is the natural root of the ""Sah""...
    • Ivory carving of Han Hsiang-Tzu

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    • Ivory carving of Han Hsiang-Tzu, a Taoist Immortal who is patron of music and always carries a flute. Ink is used to detail the flute and highlight the object's hair and beard. The Eight Immortals are legendary Taoist persons with supernatural...
    • Sheng - Wind Instrument

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    • Sheng China (SHO - Japan; SAING-HUANG - Korea) The seventeen pipes of varying length are set in a gourd or gourd-like wind chest (the one on this instrument is made of metal) which receives the air from the blow pipe. When the hole for any...
    • Ritual Hand Drum (Dameru)

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    • The folk-type dameru is made of two wooden bowl shapes. The bases of the bowls are connected and the open 'faces' which form the outer sides of this hand drum are covered with hide. Two thongs with knotted weights are attached and these hit against...

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