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Free reed instrument

Mouth blown free reed toy. Shell of a whelk with a dextral spiral and a long siphonal canal. The apex has been removed and replaced with a turned wooden mouthpiece. The mouthpiece has a metal liner and houses a free reed. An orange cord around the base of the mouthpiece is attached to two mother-of-pearl snail shells, each filled with red wool.

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  • Materials:metal, vegetable fibre, wood, shell
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:412.131 (Individual) free reeds
  • Repository:Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • Measurements:overall: 119 x 48 x 31 mm