Percival Kirby Musical Instruments

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The Kirby Collection is a unique and irreplaceable assembly of more than 600 musical instruments, most of which were used in Southern Africa before 1934, many pre-dating urbanization. Evidencing the rich musical heritage of the region, it includes instruments made and played by all indigenous Southern African groups, as well as a smaller collection of instruments from five continents, notably Asia, and some unusual instruments from Western Europe. In addition to the instruments themselves, the collection also features paintings, sculptures and other objects relating to the field of sound.


!Gabus/outa
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 311.121.12 Mono-heterochord musical bows without resonator with tuning noose, A. Height: 12mm (0.4in), Width: 54mm (2in), Length: 825mm (32.3in), B. Length: 363mm (14.2in), Diameter: 4mm (0.1in), Place of production: Haruchas (Namibia)
!Gabus/outa
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 311.121.12 Mono-heterochord musical bows without resonator with tuning noose, A. Height: 12mm (0.4in), Width: 54mm (2in), Length: 825mm (32.3in), B. Length: 363mm (14.2in), Diameter: 4mm (0.1in), Place of production: Haruchas (Namibia)
(Single) side-blown flute with fingerholes
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 421.121.12 (Single) side-blown flutes with fingerholes, Length: 552mm (21.7 in.), Diameter: 23mm (0.8 in.), Place of production: Java (Indonesia)
(Single) side-blown flute with fingerholes
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 421.121.12 (Single) side-blown flutes with fingerholes, Length: 552mm (21.7 in.), Diameter: 23mm (0.8 in.), Place of production: Java (Indonesia)
(Single) side-blown flute with fingerholes
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 421.121.12 (Single) side-blown flutes with fingerholes, Length: 552mm (21.7 in.), Diameter: 23mm (0.8 in.), Place of production: Java (Indonesia)
(Single) side-blown flute with fingerholes
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 421.121.12 (Single) side-blown flutes with fingerholes, Length: 552mm (21.7 in.), Diameter: 23mm (0.8 in.), Place of production: Java (Indonesia)
/Ka/kanasi
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 3 Chordophone with resonator, A. Height: 16mm (0.4in), Width: 20mm (0.8in), Length: 97mm (3.5in), B. Height: 9mm (0.1in), Width: 9mm (0.1in), Length: 92mm (3.5in), Place of production: Twee Rivieren (Northern Cape, South Africa)
/Ka/kanasi
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 3 Chordophone with resonator, A. Height: 16mm (0.4in), Width: 20mm (0.8in), Length: 97mm (3.5in), B. Height: 9mm (0.1in), Width: 9mm (0.1in), Length: 92mm (3.5in), Place of production: Twee Rivieren (Northern Cape, South Africa)
/Ka/kanasi
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 3 Chordophone with resonator, A. Height: 16mm (0.4in), Width: 20mm (0.8in), Length: 97mm (3.5in), B. Height: 9mm (0.1in), Width: 9mm (0.1in), Length: 92mm (3.5in), Place of production: Twee Rivieren (Northern Cape, South Africa)
/Keriten
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 112.111 Strung rattles, Height: 31mm (1.2in), Width: 105mm (3.9in), Length: 153mm (5.9in), String. Length: c760mm (29.9in), Diameter 2mm (0.1in), Place of production: Prieska (South Africa)
/Keriten
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 112.111 Strung rattles, Height: 31mm (1.2in), Width: 105mm (3.9in), Length: 153mm (5.9in), String. Length: c760mm (29.9in), Diameter 2mm (0.1in), Place of production: Prieska (South Africa)
A 'pellet bell' on a leather strap with ties
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 112.13 Vessel rattles, Height: 45mm (1.6 in.), Width: 208mm (7.9 in.), Length: 622mm, Place of production: Africa, East
A 'pellet bell' on a leather strap with ties
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 112.13 Vessel rattles, Height: 45mm (1.6 in.), Width: 208mm (7.9 in.), Length: 622mm, Place of production: Africa, East
Alto trombone in E flat
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 423.22 Slide trumpets, Body. Height: 95mm (3.5 in.), Width: 116mm (4.3 in.), Length: 790mm (31.1 in.), Bell. Diameter: 145mm (5.5 in.), Place of production: Great Britain, Creator: Henry Distin, Serial no. 28276. Made between 1872 and 1874 (cf Henry Distin Serial number list, http://www.musictrader.com/distin.html, accessed 30 Oct 2012)
Alto trombone in E flat
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 423.22 Slide trumpets, Body. Height: 95mm (3.5 in.), Width: 116mm (4.3 in.), Length: 790mm (31.1 in.), Bell. Diameter: 145mm (5.5 in.), Place of production: Great Britain, Creator: Henry Distin, Serial no. 28276. Made between 1872 and 1874 (cf Henry Distin Serial number list, http://www.musictrader.com/distin.html, accessed 30 Oct 2012)
Alto trombone in E flat
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 423.22 Slide trumpets, Body. Height: 95mm (3.5 in.), Width: 116mm (4.3 in.), Length: 790mm (31.1 in.), Bell. Diameter: 145mm (5.5 in.), Place of production: Great Britain, Creator: Henry Distin, Serial no. 28276. Made between 1872 and 1874 (cf Henry Distin Serial number list, http://www.musictrader.com/distin.html, accessed 30 Oct 2012)
Alto trombone in E flat
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 423.22 Slide trumpets, Body. Height: 95mm (3.5 in.), Width: 116mm (4.3 in.), Length: 790mm (31.1 in.), Bell. Diameter: 145mm (5.5 in.), Place of production: Great Britain, Creator: Henry Distin, Serial no. 28276. Made between 1872 and 1874 (cf Henry Distin Serial number list, http://www.musictrader.com/distin.html, accessed 30 Oct 2012)
Arched harp - Wachsmann type 2
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 322.112 Arched harps - Wachsmann type 2, Place of production: Gadzi (Central African Republic)
Arched harp - Wachsmann type 2
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 322.112 Arched harps - Wachsmann type 2, Place of production: Gadzi (Central African Republic)
Arched harp - Wachsmann type 2
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 322.112 Arched harps - Wachsmann type 2, Place of production: Gadzi (Central African Republic)
Arched harp - Wachsmann type 2
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 322.112 Arched harps - Wachsmann type 2, Place of production: Gadzi (Central African Republic)
Azania
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 315 Trough zithers, Height: 60mm (2.4in), Width: 80mm (3.2in), Length: 640mm, Place of production: Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
Azania
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 315 Trough zithers, Height: 60mm (2.4in), Width: 80mm (3.2in), Length: 640mm, Place of production: Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
Azania
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 315 Trough zithers, Height: 60mm (2.4in), Width: 80mm (3.2in), Length: 640mm, Place of production: Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
Azania
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 315 Trough zithers, Height: 60mm (2.4in), Width: 80mm (3.2in), Length: 640mm, Place of production: Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
Bangwe
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 314.121 True board zithers with resonator bowl, Place of production: Malawi
Bangwe
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 314.121 True board zithers with resonator bowl, Place of production: Malawi
Bangwe
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 314.121 True board zithers with resonator bowl, Place of production: Malawi
Bassoon
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 422.112 (Single) reedpipes with double (or quadruple) reeds, with cylindrical bore, with fingerholes, with conical bore, Date of creation: Late 19th century
Bassoon
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 422.112 (Single) reedpipes with double (or quadruple) reeds, with cylindrical bore, with fingerholes, with conical bore, Date of creation: Late 19th century
Bassoon
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 422.112 (Single) reedpipes with double (or quadruple) reeds, with cylindrical bore, with fingerholes, with conical bore, Date of creation: Late 19th century
Bayan (tabla)
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 211.11 Separate vessel drums, Height: 192mm (16.5 in.), Diameter: 264mm (22.6 in.), Place of production: India
Bayan (tabla)
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 211.11 Separate vessel drums, Height: 192mm (16.5 in.), Diameter: 264mm (22.6 in.), Place of production: India
Bronze bust of Professor PR Kirby
Place of production: South Africa, Creator: Eduardo Villa
Bronze bust of Professor PR Kirby
Place of production: South Africa, Creator: Eduardo Villa
Castanets with spring
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 111.141 Castanets, Height: 24mm (0.8 in.), Width: 45mm (1.6 in.), Length: 72mm, Place of production: Portugal
Castanets with spring
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 111.141 Castanets, Height: 24mm (0.8 in.), Width: 45mm (1.6 in.), Length: 72mm, Place of production: Portugal
Cikuvu
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 111.243 Slit Drums, Place of production: Zambia
Cikuvu
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 111.243 Slit Drums, Place of production: Zambia
Cikuvu
Hornbostel-Sachs number: 111.243 Slit Drums, Place of production: Zambia

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