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Oboe

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Native Name:
Algayta
Object Number:
AF214
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Swahili
Hausa
Provenience:
East Africa
Northern Nigeria
Culture Area:
East Africa
Section:
African
Materials:
Wood
Iron
Resin (material)
Description:
An instrument of the oboe type. In three parts: conical shaped body into which fit the bell-shaped lower section and a metal mouthpiece. The circular disc usually surrounding the top of the mouthpiece is missing as is the double reed (often a folded piece of leaf or blade of grass.) Made of soft wood with five stops. Peculiar to the ruling class although a performer may play on it for begging. Not indigenous to the area but the result of Islamic influence.
Credit Line:
Gift of Sarah (Mrs. William D.) Frishmuth
Other Number:
29-94-116   -   Old Museum Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Four Thousand Years of Music (18 May 1950 - Apr 1958)
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Bibliography:

[Book] Polin, Claire C. 1954. Gifts of Jubal: Musical Instruments fromo the Ancient East. : Page/Fig./Plate: xxii
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