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Three Natural Trumpets and Horns from India

Three natural trumpets and horns from India

NMM 7211. Telescoping natural trumpet (karna), Rajasthan, India, ca. 1900. Straight trumpet of hammered brass in three telescoping sections, with rattles in bosses. Bulb-shaped bell. Decorated with red and yellow paint on bosses; decorative lines on seams; and three flower branches on bell. Sounding length: 1733 mm. Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, 1999.

NMM 7207. Serpentine horn (narsiga), Bihar, India, 19th century. Hammered brass and copper tubing with brass disk rattles. Decorated with two yellow and red stripes painted along seams; zigzag patterns in red and black; yellow scrolls; green leaves. Disk rattle at bell end features a raised zigzag-pattern painted yellow and black; disk’s edges painted red. Sounding length: ca. 1500 mm. Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, 1999.

NMM 7208. Natural trumpet (bankia), Rajasthan, India, 20th century. Brass tubing with copper mouthpiece and bows. Tube arrangement influenced by European trumpet, but deviates from it in bell shape. Painted red, yellow, and blue. Height: 890 mm. Sounding length: 1830 mm. Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, 1999.

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