634-[shell trumpet]

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shell; L. 25.4cm
lowest pitch: e

As there is no mouthpiece, a hole has been opened at the tip of the shell. The player places the lips against this hole, and by vibrating them stimulates vibration of the air column within the shell. As the sound produced is very loud and distinct, the instrument is most likely used as a signaling device or else in ritual contexts.

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