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Musical instruments

Updated: Mar 25, 2019 Print

Bell (zhong): Bells were one of the musical instruments played at sacrificial rituals and ceremonial banquets. A set of bells in different sizes are hung on a wooden frame. The bigger the bell is, the lower the pitch it can produce. When struck with a mallet, they produce pleasant polyphonic melody.

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Bell (zhong), mid Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-771 BC), collection of the National Museum of China [Photo/chnmuseum.cn]


Bell (nao): The nao bell has no clapper. Its hollow, short handle is mounted on a wooden stand during a performance. It is played by striking it with a mallet with the open mouth pointed upward. The sound it produces is loud and resonant.  

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Bell (nao), late Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC), collection of the National Museum of China [Photo/chnmuseum.cn]


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