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Rkang-gling
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is made from the bones of deceased people and is decorated with jade and leather ornaments. Using a human bone means the transience of life in Buddhism.

History of the Object
Rkang-gling is a wood instrument made of human knee bone and is used in Buddhist Lamaist rituals in Tibet and Mongolia.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
Human bone, Leather, Fabric 
Measurements
Width 5.5 cm. Length 32.5 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Tibet 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century 
Function
A religious instrument that heals the spirits of the people who are deceased. 
Acquisition
Purchased in Ulanbator, Mongolia, 1994 
Copyright
MMIW 
Acknowledgements
MFA Highlights,Musical Instruments, MFA Publications, Boston 
Owner
MMIW 
Museum
Museum of Musical Instruments of the World 
Credit line
MMIW 

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