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Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0005   CAS 1984-0008-0005; Panpipes
Category Musical Instruments
Object Name Panpipes
Culture Melanesian: ni-Vanuatu
Global Region Oceania
Country Vanuatu (New Hebrides)
State/Prov./Dist. Torba
Other Geographic Data Island: Gaua, Banks Islands
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1920s
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Bamboo; Plant fiber; Pitch (?)
Description Panpipes made from 10 hollowed sections of bamboo stems of graduated lengths, all laid side by side and twined together plant fibers; The lower end of each bamboo stem is plugged with black pitch-like substance and entire exterior of panpipes is blackened; Longest stem holds the key note, with each succeeding stem a bit shorter to produce a slightly higher note.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 9.6, Thickness = 1.0, Length = 15.8