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CLASSIFICATION: idiophone, percussion idiophone, lithophone, percussion instrument
Western Equivalent – tuned stone chimes 

HISTORY: This is an ancient stone percussion instrument that was found as early as the Shang Dynasty (1711-1066 BCE).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The word bianqing literally translates to "strung chimes." As such, the bianqing consists of pieces of stone hung on a frame with several levels and struck with mallets. This is very similar to a set of chimes or tubular bells made of stone rather than metal.


Last Updated: 2013-04-25 19:00:55