Panpipe

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
2151
Item name
Panpipe 
Category
Sound
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands
Map
Collector
Captain Sydney Mercer-Smith 
Acquisition date
December 08, 1951 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr Sydney Mercer-Smith 
Raw material
bamboo, vine ?
Dimensions
H: 280 mm W: 140 mm L: D: 65 mm Circum:

Description

Bamboo panpipe consisting of 15 closed pipes of graduated lengths; bound together along the top, in a curved formation with grass, rattan and string; grass woven around shortest pipe. Registration number 2151 marked with old sticker, pen and tag.

Research notes

The row of closed bamboo pipes on this panpipe produces soft sounds whereas open pipes produce loud, low sounds. A panpipe consisting of both a row of open and closed pipes produces sympathetic resonance following the louder notes (see 22468); the concave shape allows the panpipe to fit around the player's head while they move it around their face [D Akin 2013, pers. comm., 5 September].

Part of a large group of objects donated to the University’s Anthropology Museum by Mr Sydney Mercer-Smith. The objects were collected by his father Captain Sydney Mercer-Smith in the years 1893-1900 while he was employed as a Queensland government agent in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Captain Mercer-Smith worked on the Queensland labour trade vessels to oversee the recruitment of Islanders for work on the sugar plantations in Queensland and to prevent unlawful recruitment known as ‘blackbirding’ [Mercer-Smith source file].

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