Tibet, Central Asia, circa 19th Century AD. An exemplary and very ornate kangling, literally translated as a “leg” (kang) “flute” (ling), a trumpet or horn carved from a human femur and used in Tibetan Buddhism rituals designed to remind us of our transient physical existence. The end of the tube forms the mouthpiece made out of silver and copper fittings, while the patellar groove has been hollowed out to form a double bell covered with leather and silver. The silver mounts are intricately decorated, and it has a gemstone inlay with coral and malachite pieces.
The kangling produces a wailing sound, meant to create a mystical atmosphere during tantric rituals. It is played as a gesture of fearlessness and as a way of cutting off the ego. Beautiful patina.
Dimensions: 12.25 W x 2.75 D x 3 H in
Weight: 0.54 lbs