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Zou ba! What musical instruments can you play?

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Putona (shell trumpet), 1800s

This is a large putona, or shell trumpet, made from triton shell ('Charonia tritonis') and coconut fibres probably in the 1800s in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. It has been worn smooth by much handling. Skeins of between six and eight extremely finely plaited sennit (coconut fibre) cords encircle the shell to ...