University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameAlgayta
Object Number: AF214
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: East Africa
Northern Nigeria
Culture Area: East Africa
Resin (material)
Credit Line:Gift of Sarah (Mrs. William D.) Frishmuth, 1900
Other Number29-94-116 - Old Museum Number


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Four Thousand Years of Music (18 May 1950 - Apr 1958)View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Polin, Claire C. 1954. Gifts of Jubal: Musical Instruments fromo the Ancient East. : Page/Fig./Plate: xxiiView Objects cited in this Publication

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