Ceremonial Tibetan Human Thigh Bone Trumpet 'Kang-Ling'

Ceremonial Tibetan Human Thigh Bone Trumpet 'Kang-Ling'

1800 to 1900 Tibet

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Ceremonial Tibetan Human Thigh Bone Trumpet ‘Kang-Ling’ , with old vellum label reading : ‘Kang-Dhung ( Thibetan ) Kong-Ling ( Liepcha ) . Mounted with turquoise and condyles covered with human skin . from the Lama of Lopchu.’ On reverse ‘I heard him blowing a similar horn across the valley at Liel at the funeral sites of a local Buddhist . March 1905 , april 1905’
Mid 19 th Century
Provenance : Collected by A Irvine Fortescue
The preparation of these Buddhist trumpets is accompanied by elaborate incantation and ritual . Buddhist's believe that they harness the energy of the wind by blowing trumpets which then call on , and warn the spirits of the impending ceremonials .
These trumpets are used in many religious ceremonies but are used especially for exorcising demons , and the human bone is intended to remind both the player and listener of his own impermanence and transient existence .
Dimensions
Height 33.00 cm (12.99 inches)
Medium
Human Thigh Bone
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