Wood Trumpet Sepik River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
This fine old wood Trumpet or Horn is from the Middle Sepik River Area in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. The finial in the form of a Totemic Bird Ancestor the whole Trumpet in finely incised with circular motifs and bumpy central spine leading to the hole where the Trumpet is blown from. 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.
An old Trumpet was an important cultural object often family or clan heirlooms used by several generations. This old Trumpet dates from the early 20th Century. It has an deep rich brown black patina from handling over many years.
Provenance: Old Australian Collection.
The Todd Barlin Collection of Papua New Guinea Art & Oceanic Art