Image: Tibetan trumpet

Tibetan trumpet

Trumpet, Ieng-Gye-Gompa Temple, Lhasa, Tibet. Acquired 1914 - Believed to made from human bone, brass, tin, copper, and silk twine E22783.

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Imagery of skeletons and the use of human bones and skin in key rituals help to dispel fear about death. In the past, human femur (thigh bone) trumpets and skull drums were used for creating the necessary sounds during important rituals. These objects are ritual items which were used and worn by some Tibetan monks.

In some regions of Tibet, trumpets are used to call the vultures.


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