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nyele (horn)
  • Tonga peoples
  • nyele (horn), early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Zimbabwe or Zambia
  • impala horn, paint, resin or wax, beads
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 27 x 8 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 15/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0067

Dark brown horn that is curved and has bumps around the circumference and narrows to a very fine point. Near the wider end, the horn has been painted with reddish brown paint and at the wide end there is a thick black resin or wax and at the very edge, white and red beads have been pressed into the resin or wax. On the side closer to the point, the word "Langisi" is painted with the same reddish brown paint.