Lur (after Danish example, about 1000 B.C.)

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

Object Place: Brussels, Belgium


Length 119 cm (46 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Bronze. Conoidal bore. Made in two principal parts, each part consisting of three joints fastened by ferrules. Cup-shaped mouthpiece. The bell end is embellished by a disc with eight hemispherical indentations; five pendants on rings near the mouthpiece. The original of this instrument was found in an excavation of remnants of the Bronze Age in peat beds in Denmark and is now preserved in the Royal Museum of Antiquities of the North in Copenhagen.


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