Antique Tibetan Kangling, Kangling Bone Trumpet, Tibetan Kangling Ritual Flute
Tibet, East Asia, circa early 20th century. Genuine Antique Tibetan Kangling Trumpet. Provenance: Personal collection c.1965.
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Kangling (Tibetan: རྐང་གླིང་།, Wylie: rkang-gling), literally translated as "leg" (kang) "flute" (ling), is the Tibetan name for a trumpet or horn made out of a human tibia or femur, used in Tibetan Buddhism for various chöd rituals as well as funerals performed by a chöpa.
The kangling should only be used in chöd rituals performed outdoors with the chöd damaru and bell. In Tantric chöd practice, the practitioner, motivated by compassion, plays the kangling as a gesture of fearlessness, to summon hungry spirits and demons so that she or he may satisfy their hunger and thereby relieve their sufferings. It is also played as a way of "cutting off of the ego."
This kangling is decorated with brass, faux turquoise and coral set in wax and a bezel inset . The end of the bone flute forms the mouthpiece made out of brass fittings, while the patellar groove has been been hollowed out to form a double bell covered with leather.
Width: 6cm (2 1/2")
Length: 32cm (12 1/2")
Depth: 5cm (1 3/4")
Total Weight: 190 Grams (6.72oz.)