- Trumpet mask (vurbracha), Baining people, Papua New Guinea, mid-20th century
Although this artifact is not actually a musical instrument, dancers can vocalize through the long bamboo tube. Part of an elaborate dance costume, the vurbracha is worn during the night-time dances (or fire dances) that celebrate the male activity of hunting. Made of perishable materials, these masks are usually discarded after being used only once in the dance, reflecting a cycle of life and death.
NMM 2323. Board of Trustees, 1977