About this object

Thighbone trumpet made from a human femur. The bone is wrapped with a long strip of blackened canvas, wrapped round the head of the shaft and near the mouthpiece, a portion of the canvas connects the two wrapped areas and forms a strap.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains; Religion; Music/sound
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    1873 before
  • Materials
    Bone Human; Pigment; Canvas
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: India: West Bengal: Darjeeling
  • Date collected
    1873 before
  • Measurements
    306 mm x 80 mm x 56 mm; 12 1/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 3/16 in
  • Note
    Inventory card states item collected in Darjeeling, India. The folder for the item's history file states date of item between 1864-5. However it is likely this item came from Tibet (Darjeeling was a major Himalayan trade station in the 19th / 20th century). Acquired from Norwich Castle in 1956 and orginally from a Col Heaviside, who was part of the India Survey and based in 31 stations across India between 1865-73.
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