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Sheng
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Shengs are one of the most sophisticated yet unique wind instruments. The wood resonance box is made in a traditional way with a beautiful woman musician drawn on the box.

History of the Object
A sheng -- a mouth organ -- falls under the category of a free-reed instrument. It has seventeen bamboo pipes fixed to a wood resonance box, and it is one of the oldest instruments used in Chinese music. It originated in China in the BCE period and spread to Korea and Japan afterwards. It is said that Pere Amiot, a French scholar, first brought the sheng to Paris form China in 1777, which lead to the creation of various free-reed instruments including the harmonica, a European mouth organ.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
Bamboo, Wood 
Measurements
Width 15 cm. Length 58 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Beijing 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Musical Instrument 
Acquisition
Purchased in Beijing, China, 2007 
Copyright
MMIW 
Acknowledgements
Mitchell Clark, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Sounds Of The Silk Road: Musical Instruments of Asia, MFA Publications, Boston, 2005. MFA Highlights Musical Instruments, FA Publications, Boston, 2004. 
Owner
MMIW 
Museum
Museum of Musical Instruments of the World 
Credit line
MMIW 

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