Bo (instrument)

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The bo (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: bo; Wade–Giles: po) is a percussion instrument originating in China, a type of cymbals. It consists of two plates that are clashed together. It is a concussion idiophone.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one from nineteenth century China. Both parts have a diameter of 56.5 centimeters.[1]

The cymbal in the rock drumset China cymbals may be based on the bo, but is hit with a drumstick instead.


  1. ^ "Po". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 21 May 2009. .