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Mumuye Beak Flute (N° 14882)
Among the wind instruments, or aerophones, this bamboo flute crosses a hemispheric calabash, with an opening, forming a sounding board. The latter rests on a wicker strap held at the top by ropes with a handles. The stick has a whistle end, a handle surmounted by a figure is carved at the opposite end. Engraved cruciform patterns adorn the handle. The object was stabilized by adding sand to the gourd. The mumuye ethnic groups of the Middle Benue, the Kugong in particular, accompany the funeral ceremonies of songs and dances that are punctuated by various musical instruments: flutes named lere , tambourines of various shapes, gba (the sound being produced by an iron ring on a tool blade), gourds containing pebbles, bells worn at the ankles.