Mouth harp

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Registration number
7797
Item name
Mouth harp 
Category
Sound
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
by Mr Cox 
Dimensions
H: W: 40 mm L: 220 mm D: 11 mm Circum:

Description

Mouth harp carved from bamboo. The harp is curved with three prongs carved down the length: one very thin prong in the centre between two wider prongs. One end of the mouth harp is pointed with a hole peforating the bamboo and the bamboo joint is visible across the width of the the harp. Registration number 7797 marked on harp in black.

Research notes

This mouth harp was used as a musical instrument during celebrations by blowing into the prongs to produce sound. When hunting for birds men would imitate bird calls with the harp to attract birds to them.

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