Trumpet (putorino)

Production date
20th Century
Country
New Zealand
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Description
Aerophones-blow hole, Register description: Trumpet-end blown, PUTORINO, wood, fibre shell, figure of 8 sound hole, 3 full mask carvings, shell inlay eyes. L.398mm, W.45mm
Classification
CH classification MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Wind flute
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES
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Measurements
L.298 mm, W.45mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, plant fibre, shell
History and use
The putorino is a type of musical instrument made by the Maori of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Putorinos are unique instruments in that they can be played as trumpets, flutes or megaphones and are said to be able to replicate both the male and female voices.

The use of putorinos diminished following the European settlement of New Zealand. However, in more recent times contemporary practitioners have been trying to revive the art.

This putorino was donated to the museum as part of the Charles and Kati Marson collection of musical instruments. In 2002 the Marsons donated more than 800 instruments to Queensland Museum in partnership with the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University. This unique collection was donated with the intention that the instruments would be available to be accessed and played by musicians with the appropriate knowledge.
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E17989

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