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Conch Shell Trumpet

Native NameHoragai
Object Number:A726
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Japan
Date Made: 19th Century - 1866
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1866
Materials:Conch Shell
Copper Alloy
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Sarah (William D.) Frishmuth, 1900
Other Number:A-198 - Seder Number


Hora shell trumpet. Trumpets like these are made from a sea snail shell (Charonia tritonis) called horagai (法螺貝) in Japanese. The conch shell trumpet is blown by an official in special ceremonies such as a royal cremation. It is also used by temple priests.

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