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Tang Dynasty
Painted Figure Playing Paixiao - Funerary Object

彩绘吹排箫俑   随葬品

This painted figure playing the "Paixiao" was a burial object in the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD). It was excavated from a tomb in Liquan County. The Paixiao 排箫 (pái​xiāo​) is a set of music pipes with graduated tubes. It uses both free reed and tube size to modulate the tone. It is similar to the pan pipe of the West, but variations in design created different musical scales between the two types.

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