Trumpet

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
25212
Item name
Trumpet 
Category
Sound
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
Iatmul (language) 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > East Sepik Province > Unknown
Map
Collector
Mr Des Bartlett 
Acquisition date
August 10, 2015 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr Des Bartlett 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Carved wooden trumpet 25212 is generally conical in shape and has been carved hollow. Overall it is 660mm long, with a diameter of 100mm at the large end. There is also a protrusion from the body of the cone at the narrower end for the mouthpiece. This mouthpiece is 78mm long and 50mm wide, with its opening 35mm in diameter. The whole of the trumpet is ornately carved. The narrow end has been carved to a roughly lozenge shape with a hole in its centre which is surrounded by a raised circle in a ‘doughnut’ fashion. The rest of the knob is carved with lines which, although straight themselves, are chiselled at an angle from the main body. The raised mouthpiece has no carvings. The main body of the instrument has a carved panel on each side which consists of two rows of swirling elements. These are made up of a series of connected curving line joined to circles. Although similar in design, the panels on each side are not symmetrical. One side (to the right of the mouthpiece when the narrow end is held towards the body) has three swirls in both rows. The other panel has five swirls on the top, and four on the bottom. A wavy line runs along the top and bottom of the instrument and acts as a ridge to separate to two side panels. A row of interlacing triangles encircles the opening at the wide end of the cone. One set of triangles is raised, while the other is incised. The wood is dark brown to black in colour and as this contrasts with the wood colour inside the trumpet it may be inferred that this colouring has been added artificially [Ana Reimers 1999].

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