Bronze Zhong

 

Zhong is the most widely used bronze percussion instrument. Its form was developed from Nao and was hung on a wooden hanger, at least three in a set, with mouth facing downwards. It can produce a sound clearer than Nao. It appeared in the early Western Zhou Dynasty and fully developed after the late Western Zhou Dynasty. Through the years, the number of bells in a Bian Zhong (a chime of bells) gradually increased and allowed more complicated tunes.