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Side-Blown Horn

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1977A122
Collection:Ethnography - Africa


This trumpet would have been blown, from the side, by a skilled musician. It is unusual because of its lack of decoration.Many trumpets are played in groups and sometimes as part of an orchestra along with drums, thumb pianos, lyres and xylophones. Music has always been a very important part of African culture and is played at important and special social occasions.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Place of Origin:Zaire / Democratic Republic of Congo


Height:622 mm
Diameter:63 mm