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Shell trumpet (davui)

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Body of conch shell with embouchure cut into end. Fingerhole in side of body. Distal end has woven fiber handle.


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 35.5 cm, width 14.8 cm (Length 14 in., width 5 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Seashell, plant fiber


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones