Man sounding a war trumpet
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Man sounding a war trumpet


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Man sounding Mahdi iron war trumpet (ombaia), 1.6 metres in length.

Heathcote number:

239.3.29/30 = (25) 2

Heathcote caption:

Man with Mahdi iron war trumpet (ombaia) 28.2.30

Griffith Institute Archive reference:

Album 3, 239

Technical description:

3 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (8 x 10.5 cm) B&W negative

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Published in Macadam, The Temples of Kawa, ii, pl. liv. Companion photograph to Album 2, 178, the 'Musicians' Wall,' illustrating a modern descendant of the ancient instrument.

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