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Nanbangzi, southern China, ca. 1850

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NMM 1254.  Nanbangzi, southern China, ca. 1850. Back of Nanbangzi Back of Nanbangzi

NMM 1254. Nanbangzi, southern China, ca. 1850. Rectangular slit drum with hollow center and slit at top. The equivalent of the muyu, or "fish drum," recognizable by its red, black, and gold ornamentation. The nanbangzi, used to accompany Cantonese opera, is struck with a thin wooden beater. The Chinese character appearing on the paper label adhered to the front of the drum means "good fortune." Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


View of Slit on Top of Drum

Slit on top of drum

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