Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments describes the instrument as a ‘Transverse flute of the Han Chinese’. The instrument is made of ?black-stained bamboo and has six finger-holes towards the distal end of the instrument plus two end-holes on the upper side and two end-holes on the sides of the pipe. The tissue paper which would have covered another hole between the embouchure and the finger-holes is missing. Both ends have ?bone finials and the head is engraved with leaves and two flying birds.
Royal College of Music Museum
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- Measurements:Length: 669mm
- View the original record:http://museumcollections.rcm.ac.uk/collection/Details/collect/1306