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Somba Bénin Trompe (N° 21710)

Among African aerophones, this Somba flute from Benin has sections sheathed in leather, most of it swaddled in cotton thread. Pastoral peoples possessed this type of instrument, one of whose functions, in addition to entertainment, was to signal a presence alongside the herd. Abraded patina of use.
The Somba form a heterogeneous group living in the Atacora range in northwest Benin and Togo. They are divided into different subgroups, in Benin they are the Bètiabè, the Batammariba and the Bèsorbè and the Tamberma in Togo.  

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OriginCollection belge
Material(s)wood, peau animale, plant fibre
Weight0.99 Kg
Socle includedYes

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