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Panpipes by Dayak tribe,
Sabah (formally North Borneo), Malaysia, mid 19th century

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NMM 2402. Panpipes by Dayak tribe, Sabah (formerly North Borneo), Malaysia, mid-19th century. Ten hollow pipes of graduated lengths, cast from bronze, with a dark patina. Designs between pipes resemble a braided chain. Sound produced by blowing across the tops of the pipes and stopping, or partially stopping, the lower end with the fingers. Played solo or in ensembles. This instrument originates from a Dayak tribe, one of 450 linguistically-related indigenous groups on the island of Borneo. Width: 12.5 cm. Lengths of individual pipes (from longest to shortest): 11 cm, 10.75 cm, 10.5 cm, 10 cm, 9.5 cm, 9 cm, 8.75 cm, 8.5 cm, 8 cm, 7.5 cm. Width of each pipe: 1.5 cm.   Beede Fund, 1978.

NMM 2402.  Panpipes by Dayak tribe, Sabah (North Borneo), Malaysia, mid-19th century.


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