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Ribbon reed (hujia)

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Two rectangular pieces of tin, ends of one crimped around ends of other, and thin, short free reed of tin sandwiched between. Circular tab for holding at one end.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

19th century

Object Place

Beijing, China


Length 4.5 cm, width 2.2 cm, thickness 0.6 cm (Length 1 3/4 in., width 7/8 in., thickness 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones