Detail View: The AMICA Library: Dizi

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.65.149
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Far East Asian; Korean
Creator Name-CRT: 
Chinese or Korean
Title: 
Dizi
Title Type: 
Object name
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
18th century?
Creation Start Date: 
1700
Creation End Date: 
1799
Materials and Techniques: 
Jade
Classification Term: 
Aerophone/flue blown
Classification Term: 
transverse flute
Dimensions: 
L. 21 7/16 (55.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
65.149
Credit Line: 
Gift of Rolf Jacoby, 1965
Rights: 
Context: 

In addition to the blowhole (right) and finger holes, the dizi has an extra hole between the finger holes and blowhole that is covered by a membrane or a tissue-thin piece of bamboo that produces a poignant buzzing tone. There may also be a number of vent holes at the end from which tassels are frequently hung and poems may be inscribed on the flute as an additional decoration. Dizi are usually made of bamboo, but more durable materials, such as marble or, as in this case, jade, may be used. This flute, like other dizi, could be used in solo performance or in the kungu opera, one of the styles contributing to Beijing opera.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
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