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Above: Tibetan Yogins or Chöpa with Chöd drums and Kangling trumpets from the early 20th Century


Kangling is literally translated as "leg" (kang) "flute" (ling). It is the Tibetan name for a ritual trumpet made out of a human femur (thighbone). It is commonly used in Tibetan Buddhism for the practice of Chöd rituals and funerary practices. They can be very simple to highly ornate in appearance. Sometimes they are ornamented with metal such as copper or silver and they can be mounted with gemstones such as coral and turquoise. It is also possible to use Kanglings crafted from wood.

We are always interested in purchasing old/antique bone kanglings.
Please feel free to contact us (with photos).
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Genuine Tibetan Kangling (Thighbone Trumpet)
Genuine Tibetan Kangling (Thighbone Trumpet)
Our Price: £550.00

A fine quality human thigh bone trumpet. Covered in the traditional manner in red leather to give added protection to the bone. This is a very playable authentic ritual instrument and it remains robust and damage free. The mouthpiece has been filled with beeswax in the traditional manner. This helps form a protective moisture barrier and enhances the sound of the instrument. It also comes with a custom made case that was crafted in Nepal. A very clean and vibrant practice support!

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Genuine human thigh bone with protective carrying case (as shown).
length approx 13 inches
Old Tibetan Kangling
Old Tibetan Kangling (Thighbone Trumpet)

Price on request.

A wonderful old human thigh bone trumpet. Covered in the traditional manner in red leather to give added protection to the bone. It has also been ornamented with copper and has a copper mouthpiece. It is now almost impossible to source genuine old pieces from the Himalayan regions. This is a very playable authentic ritual instrument and remains robust and damage free.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Genuine human thigh bone.
Age: mid 20th C
approx 340 mm (13.1 inches) x 65 mm (at widest point)