Bongo side-blown trumpet

Bongo side-blown trumpet
103 x 75 mm | Print gelatin silver
fading/silver sulphide staining [EE 1989]
Date of Print:
Previous PRM Number:
Previous Other Number:
66 1

Accession Number:
A monoxylous side-blown instrument leaning against a tree with end ornamented with two notches possibly representing a human head. The Bongo were noted by early travellers both for their wood-working crafts as well as variety of musical instruments and occasions.
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Date of Photo:
1929 March
[Southern Sudan] Warab Tonj
PRM Source:
Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard
Donated 1966
Other Owners:
E. E. Evans-Pritchard Collection
Music , Carving
Musical Instrument Wind
Primary Documentation:
PRM Accession Records - Accession Book Entry [p. 98] 1966.27 [1 - 24] G[ift] PROFESSOR E. E. EVANS-PRITCHARD; INST. OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 51 BANBURY RD. OXFORD - 1966.27.19 - S. SUDAN, DARFUNG. VARIOUS TRIBES. Box of negatives in envelopes, [1 - 242] & 1966.27.20 - Box of prints of these negatives [refers to object 1966.27.19] [1 - 242], in envelopes.

Notes on print/mount ms pencil - "66/1" ms ink "Bongo wind instrument"

Notes on card mount m/s pencil - "?fading SSS overall 8.89"

Other Information:
In The Heart of Africa (London 1873, vol i page 87-9) Georg Schweinfurth notes that 'The huge wooden trumpets are called 'manyinyee.' They vary from four to five feet in length, being closed at the extremity and ornamented with carved work representing a man's head, which not infrequently is adorned with a couple of horns. The other end of the stem is open, and in an upper compartment, towards the figure of the head, is the orifice into which the performer blows with all his might.' [Chris Morton 16/1/2004]
Christopher Morton 16/1/2004 [Southern Sudan Project]
Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
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