Side-blown trumpet

Unknown people

Object Place: Possibly Democratic Republic of the Congo


Length 42.7 cm, width 4.3 cm (Length 16 13/16 in., width 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, plant fiber

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Conical body of two pieces of hollowed-out dark wood with cylindrical section at embouchure end. Rectangular-shaped embouchure hole. Bell wrapped with several strands of thin twined plant fiber and fewer larger braided strands. Two large braided strands tied longitudinally along each side of embouchure hole, with fragments of feathers at upper ends. Wrappings of black plant fiber (?) in zigzag pattern just above and below embouchure hole. Projecting from twined wrapping at embouchure end are tufts of black animal hair. Short carrying loop of braided twine tied at embouchure end.


About 1979, sold by Skinner Auction House, Bolton, Massachusetts to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund