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Mouth organ

Mouth organ, mouth blown free reed instrument. Six bamboo pipes, arranged vertically with their lower ends set into a gourd wind chamber. The gourd has a long, curved integral mouthpipe. The pipes are arranged around a central bamboo tube and tied are together with a string near the bottom in such a way that the tops twist clockwise. Three of the pipes have round finger holes in the sides. The sounding pipes each have a free reed at the lower end, set within the gourd. There is an airtight seal of black wax around the pipes where they join the gourd.

  • Culture:Kayan
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:412.132 Sets of free reeds
  • Repository:Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • Measurements:overall: 23.4252 x 10.4331 x 3.5433 in.; 595 x 265 x 90 mm