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Clarinet (erkencho)

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Made of cow's horn, with the tip faces off to provide clearance in the form of a cavity similar to a clarinet mouthpiece. The reed is of very thin bone, tied by a silk thread. The mouthpiece cap is lost.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

19th century

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Length 30.6 cm, diameter 7 cm (Length 12 1/16 in., diameter 2 3/4 in.)

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Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones