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Side-blown trumpet

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Conical body of wood wrapped with animal skin with fur, held in place by single line of leather stitching. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole with leather strips wrapped around body just above and below. Loop of leather for hanging tied at embouchure end.


About 1982, sold by Tony Vacca, Whately, Massachusetts, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Possibly Endo people, 19th century

Object Place

Great Rift Valley region, Kenya


Length 63.8 cm, width 7.6 cm (Length 25 1/8 in., width 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, animal skin


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones