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NAGFANI  Brass tubing with flared copper bell, stylized serpent head. Used by holy men (sadhus) of India during ritual ceremonies and also by story tellers and street performers. Its name literally means "snake or cobra hood."  Gujarat or Rajasthan, India, 20th century

Brass & copper serpentine horn (nagfani), from Gujarat or Rajasthan, India. Associated with Lord Shiva & used by holy men (sadhus) during ritual ceremonies, also by story tellers and street performers.

A gilt copper alloy pushed ritual conch trumpet. Tibet, circa 18th century . Photo Bonhams

A gilt copper alloy repousse' ritual conch trumpet, Tibet, ca. The white conch represents the sound of the Dharma.

Pipa, 19th century Made by Jiu-cheng (Chinese, 19th century) Guangzhou (Canton), China

Pipa, century Made by Jiu-cheng (Chinese, century) Guangzhou (Canton), China:

Rebab The word rebab (robAb) is an Arabic term that can be translated as bowed string instrument. Dating back at least to the 8th century, the Rebab has been closely associated with Islamic culture and is thought to be the earliest ancestor of the contemporary violin.

Rebab The word r (robAb) is an Arabic term that can be translated as bowed instrument. Dating back at least to the century, the Rebab has been closely associated with Islamic culture and is thought to be the earliest ancestor of the contemporary violin.

Africa | Harp from the Baule culture, Ivory Coast | Wood and hide | late 19th century

This is an African harp from the Metropolitan Museum of art. It is from the Baule culture in Ivory Coast, made out of wood and hide. It is typical of the late century.

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