Trumpet (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

19th–20th century
wood, cloth
Overall (without mount): 26 1/8 × 3 × 3 in. (66.36 × 7.62 × 7.62 cm)
Like other trumpets made throughout Africa, this wooden example is fashioned with the mouthpiece on the side of the shaft. Such instruments are known as transverse, or side-blown, trumpets. The head carved on the end of this trumpet illustrates the angular style typical of the western Sudan in general and of the Bamana culture in particular. The holes in the ears and nose suggest that jewelry may once have been attached to the head.
writen on bottom edge in red ink: "65.92"
Gift of Dr. Hilbert H. DeLawter, in memory of his wife, Lori
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