X86.1930 Trumpet

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Democratic Republic of the Congo
Pende peoples
Wood, metal, hide
H: 106.68 cm (H: 42 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Helen and Dr. Robert Kuhn. X86.1930


The relief carving on the bell of this trumpet depicts a man wearing a long coat and holding a bow and arrow. A dog faces the man. It is possible this instrument was played in the context of hunting.

Source: DjeDje, J. C. (1999). “Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 31