Pre-Columbian, Peru (North Coast), Moche Culture, ca. 100 to 500 CE. A magnificent, rare example of a long trumpet, made from a single sheet of copper rolled together to form a massive musical instrument. A long, slowly tapering body broadens at the bell, with the bell the only part that does not have an impressed textile remaining on its surface - this item would have been placed into a grave wrapped in cloth, which has become part of its archaeological surface. Size: 4.25" W x 30.25" H (10.8 cm x 76.8 cm); 17.5" H (44.4 cm) on included custom stand.
There were no stringed instruments in South America prior to European contact, but they did have a multitude of wind and percussion instruments. Moche artwork portrays drums, rattles, panpipes, flutes, and trumpets like this one. Most, however, were made from cane, wood, shell, and ceramic - metal trumpets were reserved for particularly elite uses. They were played in large ceremonies, perhaps relating to warfare, in tandem with other instruments. To hear what they might have sounded like, here are some links to recorded tracks made in 2011 recreating Moche instruments: https://mochemusic.wordpress.com/ to an experimental archaeology project to recreate the sounds of the Moche.
See a similar example at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. They do not have an online catalogue, but you can see their Moche copper trumpet on their official twitter account here: https://twitter.com/mimphx/status/918538044361371650.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Hans Juergen Westermann collection, Germany
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Intact, with deep and bright green surface patina and impressed textile remains. Small tears where the bell widens, otherwise in excellent condition.