Chapter 9

A Multiregional Economic Comparison


Bianzhong – a percussion instrument in ancient China.


The Bianzhong of Marquis Yi of Zeng (or Zenghouyi bells), made in 433 BC, were unearthed in 1978 in the Zenghouyi tomb in Sui county, Hubei province, China. The bianzhong comprise a total of 64 bells (with the largest bell being 153.4 cm high and 203.6 kg in weight and the smallest one being 20.4 cm high and 2.4 kg in weight), which are hung at three levels and divided into eight groups. Each bell can play two tones (from C2 to D7) with three degree’s interval between them. These bells are currently on display at the ...

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