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Conch Shell Trumpet Vessel

Conch Shell Trumpet Vessel

200 BC-300

Earthenware

Overall: 15.5 x 23.5 x 26.6 cm (6 1/8 x 9 1/4 x 10 1/2 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade III 1966.127

Description

Conch shell trumpets were used during many kinds of important events throughout the ancient Americas. The shells were converted to trumpets by removing the tip to form a mouthpiece, as this ancient ceramic replica of a trumpet shows. Holes were often drilled in the shell for a carrying cord.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Earthenware

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