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The Bone Flute, produced some 8,000 years ago, is made from the limb bone of a crane. The flute is commonly 20cm in length, and some 1cm in caliber. Its form is fixed, and the craftsmanship is standard.
       Updated:2006-06-20      Text:Large /  Medium  /  Small  
  

  
Bone Flute: The Neolithic Age, unearthedwith the Relics of Jiahu, Wuyang.
“Whose jade flute is secretly playing themelody, which is dispersed into the spring breeze of Luoyang?
Willows are implied in the night, so nobody canpass by without missing his hometown.”
  
The Bone Flute, produced some 8,000 years ago, is made fromthe limb bone of a crane. The flute is commonly 20cm in length, andsome 1cm in caliber. Its form is fixed, and the craftsmanship isstandard. At one side are 7 perforated sound holes with almostidentical intervals. Another smaller, attuning hole is between hole6 and hole 7 and is closer to hole 7, indicating the complex ofsound production was known to the flute maker.
  
According to the measurement, the Bone Flute is able toperform the Chinese Cabbage, folk song of Hebei Province.Research shows that the structure of the Bone Flute, found atJiahu, is at least able to sound a hexachord, and may be theancient “Xia Zhi” scale of seven notes. There is also possibility:The flute was part of an ensemble performance. Unearthing the BoneFlute has furthered the historical knowledge of music from the XianQin period to the flute’s emergence; the history of ancient Chinesemusic deserves further attention and assessment. Without a doubt,the Bone Flute, at Jiahu, is the earliest instrument everdiscovered.
  
The Bone Flute, fabricated some 8,700 years ago, is made fromthe limb bone of a crane, and is perforated with seven holes.According to the measurement, it is already provided with theheptatonic scale and able to perform today’s melodies.