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Side-blown trumpet

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Conical body of two pieces of hollowed-out dark wood with cylindrical section at embouchure end. Rectangular-shaped embouchure hole. Bell wrapped with several strands of thin twined plant fiber and fewer larger braided strands. Two large braided strands tied longitudinally along each side of...

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About 1979, sold by Skinner Auction House, Bolton, 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

Unknown people, 1925–50

Object Place

Possibly Democratic Republic of the Congo


Length 42.7 cm, width 4.3 cm (Length 16 13/16 in., width 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, plant fiber


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones