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magruna (hornpipe)
  • Libya
  • magruna (hornpipe), late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: Libya
  • reed, horn, leather, cotton string, pigment, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 36.5 x 11.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 14 3/8 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift of Charles Adams
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0941

Two hollow reeds with five holes drilled in each, lashed together by two strips of leather (one white, one black) which is stitched in place with cotton string. The reeds have two horns attached to the ends, with painted dots of red and yellow, and green on the inside rim of the horn. The horns are tied together with cotton string through small hole. The other end has two reverse reeds tied to the instrument body with string.

These horns were used by camel herders.