THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM’S ASIAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTION – TAASA Review June 2023

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This article was originally found in the June 2023 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 32, Issue 2, Page 18).

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Michael Lea A small but significant collection of Asian musical instruments held by Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum has been a feature of the museum’s collection for over 100 years.

The collection now contains around 75 musical instruments and includes outstanding examples of the maker’s craft.

Comprising winds, percussion and plucked, bowed and struck-stringed instruments, several Asian nations are represented in the collection, with most instruments coming from China, Japan and South Korea...