Wind Instrument


From: Borneo | Sarawak | Rejang River

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P781
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Bakatan
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak | Rejang River
Section Oceanian
Materials Bamboo | Gourd | Glass | Gutta-Percha (uncertain)

Musical. Kiliri. [Kaluri] Pointed oval gourd with narrow curved neck with a hole in one side into which are inserted six hollow reeds, the longest of which is decorated with a tube covered with rows of tiny red, yellow black and white beads and three tassels of red, black and yellow beads. This reed also has a carved bamboo cap, with three bands of cut-away fringe. "[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 58 cm
Width 17 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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