Pre-Columbian, Peru (south coast), Nazca culture, ca. 100 BCE to 800 CE. A beautiful set of reed panpipes, held together with woven string, featuring seven pipes of varying size. Panpipes were a crucial part of Nazca ritual, played alongside clay trumpets, drums, and rattles. For example, there are vessels with drawings of musicians/shamans playing this style of instrument, surrounded by cacti (representing hallucinogenic drugs made from the San Pedro cactus), obviously in a ritual procession. Indeed, it seems that panpipes were crucial for a shaman to act as an intermediary between the worlds of the spirit and the everyday. Size: 4.8" W x 18.5" H (12.2 cm x 47 cm); 21" H (53.3 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Drimmer collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA before 2000
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Some of the string has been repaired/replaced on the lower part of the pipes. Light deposits on surface. Reeds are in nice condition and playable.