Sounding Horn

Sounding Horn  ©LCVA

Kuba culture
Democratic Republic of the Congo
animal horn
24" x 3"
1999.111
Gift of Donna and Thomas L. Brumfield, Jr.

The full, resonating tones of a sounding horn seem to seize and vibrate within a listener's body down to the soul. Perhaps this is why the heralding trumpet is used to invoke supernatural aid from the dead for the benefit of warriors and rulers. This particular sounding horn shows the patina of use and care.

Bibliography:Blier, 1998, pp.211-212; Woodward, 1994, p.32.