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slompret (trumpet) with mouthpiece
  • Indonesia
  • slompret (trumpet) with mouthpiece, 1975–1985
  • Where object was made: Surabaya, Jawa Province, Indonesia
  • fruitwood, gourd, paint, string, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 10.5 x 11 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 4 1/8 x 4 5/16 x 1 9/16 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 29 x 3 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 11 7/16 x 1 3/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0548.a,b

This is a carved wooden flute (2007.0548.b) with a separate mouthpiece (2007.0548.a). The mouthpiece has a slight flare near the middle, then has three raised ridges, two painted white, above the portion that inserts into the flute. The other end has two raised ridges, one painted white, adjacent to a stylized pair of lips that hide the musician's actual lips when playing. The double reed sits in the center of the concave side of the stylized lips.
The flute portion has a slightly flaring shaft with ridges at either end and five fingerholes. The distal half is carved into an elaborate dragon's head with two horns, scales and an open mouth with large fang-like teeth near the back.

There is an orange string tied at the proximal end of the flute.

When the flute is played, the pressure against the moustache plate helps to make sound.