Art/ Collection/ Art Object


late 19th–early 20th century
Papua New Guinea, Korewari River region
Korewori River (?)
Wood, nassa shells, hair, resin, fiber
H. 23 3/4 x W. 3 1/2 in. (60.3 x 8.9 cm)
Wood-Musical Instruments
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Martin Wright Gift, 1980
Accession Number:
Not on view
In former times, side blown trumpets, played by blowing while vibrating the lips into a hole on the side rather than the end of the instrument, were associated with warfare in the Middle Sepik Region of northeast New Guinea. Among the Iatmul people, side blown trumpets were sounded after a raid to announce the arrival of the warriors as they returned to their home village with prisoners or enemy heads. Like many Iatmul instruments, the trumpets were often played in pairs by two men, each using a trumpet with a slightly different pitch, who sounded them in alternation.
Ray Kerr, New York, until 1980

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