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Tibetan Antique Kangling, Buddhist Bone Trumpet

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1900: Item # 1461615
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Antique Tibetan kangling, a trumpet made for use in Buddhist chöd rituals and funerals. The kangling was played by the practitioner as an act of fearlessness and compassion, drawing out the hungry spirits so that they may have their suffering relieved. Kangling, which literally translates as "leg flute", were traditionally made of either a human tibia or femur and preferably that of a criminal or someone who died a violent death. The leg bone of a respected teacher was also acceptable. The instrument was to be played only outdoors and only by a chöpa. Other instruments, the chöd damaru and bell were made to accompany the kangling. This kangling is made with intricate silver repousse with motifs of a conch shells, lotus flowers, scrolling vines and birds. Inlaid turquoise and coral details.

Age: 19th century

Dimensions: 14" long x 2 3/4" wide