The ancient Ailao Serial Bells of Baoshan

The rare traditional chime bells used by the Ailao people, Baoshan, Yunnan province.

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Ailao Serial Bells are a rare old Chinese instrument used by Ailao people, characterized by the vigorous tiger carvings, strong ox carvings and twisting snake carvings.

They were used from late periods of the Warring States to that of the West Han dynasty.

The Ailao (哀牢) was a non-Chinese people living in the southeast during the Han period (202 BCE-220 CE). The discovery of the serial bells proves that the Ailao people did not only master high casting skills but also know some music theories and thus are good at testing sounds and playing.

Images of old Chinese Serial Bells

 

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