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Natural Trumpet (Towel), Kapriman Village, Blackwater River,
East Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea, 1970

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NMM 7280.  Natural trumpet, Kapriman Village, Blackwater River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, 1970 Side view #1 Side view #2 Back view

NMM 7280. Natural trumpet (towel), Kapriman Village, Blackwater River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, 1970. Side-blown, wooden, natural trumpet with crocodile head carved above the embouchure hole. Body decorated with carved circular, curvilinear, and zig-zag patterns. The crocodile is considered to be a sacred creature and often appears in the mythology and art of the Sepik region. One group tells a creation narrative, for example, in which the upper jaw of the crocodile became the heavens and the lower jaw became the earth. For other groups, the crocodile is a totemic ancestor or believed to be the sacred being that created mankind. Length: 55.9 cm (22"). Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, 1999.


Head and Embouchure Hole

Crocodile head Embouchure hole

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