Bagpipe (zampogna)

early 19th century

Object Place: Italy


Drone lengths (without reeds) 28.5 cm, 59 cm, 75 cm, 127 cm (drone lengths without reeds 11 1/4 in., 23 1/4 in., 29 1/2 in., 50 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, leather

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Two plain drones and two drones with finger-holes inserted in one large stock. The blow-pipe is attached to the second stock. The bores of all the pipes are conical. Two plain drones, short and long, made of walnut in two parts. Right-hand drone (short) of walnut made in two parts: the body-joint has five finger-holes in the front and two vent-holes on the sides and the bell has an additional vent-hole, the bell opening being narrower, as on the English horn; the body and the bell are held together by a rough screw thread. Left-hand drone (long) is also made in two principal parts, but the body-joint is made of three tubes permanently fastened together by broad iron rings; three finger-holes in the front, one key the mechanism of which is covered by a fontanelle with perforations; the bell has four vent-holes, a constricted bell opening as on the left


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection