About this object

Thighbone trumpet, the head of the bone is covered with human skin and strips of copper. The tip of the bone is covered with a copper mouth piece that shows traces of gilt.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains; Religion; Music/sound
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    Before 1956
  • Materials
    Bone Human; Skin Human; Alloy Copper; Gilt Metal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Before 1956
  • Measurements
    288 mm x 65 mm x 57 mm; 11 5/16 in x 2 9/16 in x 2 1/4 in
  • Note
    Noted as coming from Kalungtung, North India, but it is not clear if this was a monastery or an area, no record of this location has been found (there is a possibility that this is actually Kalung dzong, in southern Tibet). Although collected in India it is likely to be from Tibet. The item was orginally acquired from a G.A. Nevill, although no data in the history file the Pitt Rivers Museum has a G. A. Neville collecting 2 objects in India dated before 1923.
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