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Dungchen
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The handcrafted body is made of silver and copper in a traditional way with colorful glass beads as decorations.

History of the Object
A dungchen -- a long trumpet -- used in Buddhist rituals throughout South Asia including Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, is known to be created to invite Indian scholars to Tibet by a Kashmir’s King in the 11th Century. In Tibetan "Dung" means a trumpet.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
Copper, Silver, Glass 
Measurements
Width 41 cm. Length 240 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Bhutan 
Geography
Bhutan 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; early 20th Century 
Function
Musical Instrument 
Acquisition
Purchased in Urumuch, China in 2007 
Copyright
MMIW 
Acknowledgements
Mitchell Clark, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Sounds of The Silk Road: Musical Instruments of Asia, MFA Publications, Boston, 2005. 
Owner
MMIW 
Museum
Museum of Musical Instruments of the World 
Credit line
MMIW 

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