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magruna (hornpipe)
  • Libya
  • magruna (hornpipe), late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: Libya
  • reed, horn, leather, cotton string, dyeing, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 34 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width: 13 3/8 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Charles Adams
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0940

Two hollow reeds with five holes drilled in each are lashed together by two strips of leather (one red, one light) that is stitched in place with cotton string. The reeds have incised cross hatching along the shaft with green pigment rubbed into it. One end of the reeds has two horns attached. The horns are tied together with cotton string through a small hole. The other end, has two reverse reeds, tied to the instrument body with string.

These horns were used by camel herders.