Wind Instrument


From: Borneo | Sarawak

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P779C
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak
Section Oceanian
Materials Bamboo | Gourd | Gutta-Percha (uncertain)

Musical. Kiliri. [Kaluri] "[The kaluri] consists of a bottle-shaped gourd with six hollow reed pipes set into the body of it; a finger-hole is cut in each pipe at such a place that the fingers of both hands while holding the instrument can cover all the holes. The middle reed is the longest, and is therefore the bass; it has no finger-hole, but its tone is subdued by a movable cap at the end; the neck of the gourd forms the mouth-piece. The music of a Kaluri somewhat resembles that of organ pipes, perhaps slightly nasal in timbre. . . ." (The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters)

Length 70.5 cm
Width 28 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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