Dunhuang, Reviving the Heavenly Music (4 of 8)

Reviving the Heavenly Music

This is the fourth in an eight-part series by China Central Television (CCTV) on the interplay between the murals in the Mogao Caves and contemporary art in China.

Today the documentary looks at the amazing variety of musical instruments portrayed in the murals at the Mogoa Caves, and the attempt to recreate some of the instruments seen there.

These include the ceramic ocarina, which might well be the only ceramic instrument in the world. It has a truly haunting sound which perfectly accompanies the asparas on the walls.

There are nearly 5,000 instruments depicted in the murals, and many had faded out of use in China, so the murals act as a museum and historical record of past ages.

Today many artists have dedicated their time trying to first remake, and then revive, the use of some of these instruments, but the skills are time consuming and the funds are lacking.


I am unable to embed the film here, but follow this link for the video:

Watch on CCTV


to see a set of stills click on the date at the top of the embed below



1 comment to Dunhuang, Reviving the Heavenly Music (4 of 8)

  • Bill Walton

    ….what’s strikes me is, not only the beautiful music, but the artistry contained within the instrument(s) itself……being played, or simply viewing them as a work of art, both are stunning…..

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