Natural Trumpet

Johann Wilhelm Haas German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684

Natural trumpets such as these were used in the military and in royal pageantry alongside kettle drums. The production and playing of trumpets in Germany during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries were strictly regulated by a guild and dominated by makers working in the Imperial City of Nuremberg, including four generations of the Haas family. The ornaments adorning the bell garland of Johann Haas’s trumpet feature a pair of banner-draped kettle drums and other motifs that suggest a military and royal context.

#Allan Dean, trumpet, 2004

Natural Trumpet, Johann Wilhelm Haas (German, Nuremberg 1649–1723 Nuremberg), Silver, German

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