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638 dung-chen

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India, China, Nepal=Tibet
copper; L. 99.0cm

The bell is set either on a special pedestal or directly onto the ground. The player places his lips on the mouth hole and blows. Played in alternation with the rgya-gling in Buddhist ceremonies. If the instrument is played while processing, a second monk carries the front part on his shoulder. Also used to announce the hours of the day.

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