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Haidi or Aizai, China, early 20th century

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NMM 1531. Haidi, China, early 20th century. Back of haidi Sideview of haidi, showing bell seam

NMM 1531. Haidi or aizai, China, early 20th century. Conical, double-reed instrument of the suona family. This smaller variant is commonly used in wedding processions. Scalloped wooden body with copper bell. The haidi, or "sea flute," is a regular member of Chinese opera ensembles. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Pirouette and Reed

Pirouette and reed

Reed made of riverweed, wrapped with wire prior to insertion into the pirouette. To play, the entire reed is placed inside the mouth and the player's lips are pressed against the metal disc at the upper end of the pirouette. Musicians employ circular breathing to maintain a continuous supply of air passing through the reed.

Chinese Characters on Body and View of Bell Interior

Chinese characters on body Bell interior

Chinese characters painted on the body (left) may refer to the troupe which used the instrument, rather than to the maker.

Image Showing Haidi on an Undated Postcard, ca. 1900-1915

Haidi on postcard

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