Trumpet

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
East New Britain
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Description
Trumpet-shell, Charonia tritonis, with a hole drilled into the main body serving as a mouthpiece.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander trumpet
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Production date
Unknown
Measurements
L325 mm
Media/Materials description
Shell, Charonia tritonis
History and use
The charonia tritonis is used as both a musical instrument and as a signal of warning. Drilling a hole into the main body of the shell, the musician can blow into the hole emitting a deep and far-reaching tone.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
E12893

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