This ceramic trumpet comes from the Moche culture, which inhabited the northern coast of modern-day Peru between the years 100 and 800 CE.
It is a wind instrument, made in the shape of a marine mollusk (Strombus sp.) commonly used as a trumpet in the Andes even today. Its internal structure mimics the spirals of the original shell, expertly crafted in clay. The instrument is played by vibrating one’s lips on its mouthpiece –the tone can be varied by inserting one’s hand into the large opening.
Dimensions: 1800 mm high x 2300 mm long x 1800 mm wide (approx 70” x 90” x 70”).