Name: Xun [Pronounced as Hun].

Vessel Flute > Aerophones.

China > Far East Asia.

Dimensions: Height / Diameter.

Acquisition Date: Circa year 2004.

Acquisition Source: China, Randy Raine-Reusch.

Description: The xun [in Chinese 塤 in Pinyin xūn] is an vessel flute or ocarina who is a member of the aerophone family. The xun has its origins in the Zhou Dynasty (1045 BC 256 BC) of ancient China. The xun in its first developmental stages had its origins in many shapes, sizes, and pitch ranges. The ancient Chinese associated the xun with the sounds of autumn.

The xun was discovered during an archaeological dig at the Hemudu cultural site (5,000 to 3,000 BC) at Yuyao, Zhejiang. The xun had almost disappeared completely in mainland China, because of this dig during the 1920's and 1930's there is something of a xun revival. Whereas in Taiwan the xun has been intact for many years. In Hong Kong there are a few known soloists of the xun. The xun recently became popular in use through Chinese contemporary music and in particular cinema scores