Conch shell trumpet - 969.330.27_1

969.330.27_1

Conch shell trumpet

Maker: Melanesian culture
Medium:Conch shell
Geography: Papua New Guinea
Date: 20th century
Dimensions:
30.5 x 12.7 cm
Object number: 969.330.27
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionThe rapid beat of a slit gong or the trumpeting of a conch shell signal important events in different parts of the South Pacific, such as a death or the appearance of strangers. An exchange of food and gifts, such as tapa cloth, turns strangers into friends. For thousands of years, Oceanic peoples have thus welcomed visitors from afar who crossed oceans and jungles to enjoy the hospitality of village life.
Collection:
Oceania
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