Bronze Nao


Nao is a kind of bronze percussion instrument appearing early in ancient China. It usually has a flat bottom, a concave mouth and a short hollow handle. While playing, people hold it and strike it with a wooden mallet in hand or set it on a wooden stand with its mouth facing upwards. Nao could be used singly or in a set of several pieces. Typically three pieces can constitute a set. Sets of five and nine pieces have also been discovered before.