University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameZourna
Object Number: AF100
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Egypt
Culture Area: North Africa
Credit Line:Gift of Sarah (Mrs. William D.) Frishmuth, 1900


Zourna, Zamr. Conical wooden oboe with only slightly flared bell. Eight frontal, one dorsal stop. two vent holes, one to each side just below last finger hole. Carved bands around oboe at end of bell and at beginning of bell section (just below vent holes); also bands around top section above top finger hole and at second finger hole. Very thin cane reed stamped with initial bound to long metal staple wrapped with red cloth; wood disc with reed also. Reed probably does not belong with instrument- staple too small for bore. Instrument seems to be European in style, not very similar to other instruments in collection called zourna. Poor condition. Piece of bell broken off. reed broken at end.

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