Lituus (after ancient Roman type)

late 19th century
Probably by Victor-Charles Mahillon (Belgian, 1841–1924)

Object Place: Brussels, Belgium


Length 163 cm (64 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Reproduction of an Etruscan trumpet. Cylindro-conoidal bore. Copper, with brass mouthpiece. The approximate tonality is G. The conoidal part of the tube is curved up, forming a rimless bell. The original of the instrument is preserved in the Vatican Museum in Rome and was found in the tomb of a warrior excavated in 1827 in Cerveteri, Italy, formerly Caere of the Etruscans.


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