Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Musical Instruments around the World

From an auction of "ancient and tribal" musical instruments at Live Auctioneers. Above, thumb piano or lamellophone of the Songye tribe, Congo region of Africa, late nineteenth or early twentieth century.

Two whistles from Veracruz, Mexico, 600 to 900 CE.

Tibetan trumpet, eighteenth century.

Moche jaguar-head trumpet, ceramic, 300 to 500 CE, Peru. Estimate $6,000 to $10,000.

Iron jingle from Nigeria, late nineteenth or early twentieth century.

Maya ceramic bell, 500 to 800 CE.

Three-note flute, Bamenda peoples, Cameroon, early twentieth century.

Slit drum and beater, Sepik River, New Guinea, early twentieth century.

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