Trumpet

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
7008
Item name
Trumpet 
Category
Sound
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
Iatmul (language) 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > East Sepik Province > Wosera Gaui District > Mindimbit village
Map
Collector
Mr Des Bartlett 
Acquisition date
February 06, 1954 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Mr Des Bartlett 
Raw material
Wood
Dimensions
H: 180 mm W: 140 mm L: 1110 mm D: Circum:

Description

Carved wooden trumpet, with a man's face carved atop the embouchure hole (side-blown), which then morphs into a carved representation of a cockatoo's head . At the bottom opening of the trumpet is a carved totem head with an extended long tongue. Such trumpets were used to signal others during times of fighting or in some cases, as part of an ensemble.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'In the Red; on the vibrancy of things' June 2012 - January 2013.

In 1953 Mr Bartlett spent four months in the Middle Sepik of Papua New Guinea to make the 16mm colour film 'Among the Headhunters' for an American film company. During this time he obtained many items, many of which were later purchased by the Anthropology Museum in 1954.

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