Objects from the Friedlaender Collection

The objects from the Friedlaender Collection originate from the Solomon Islands, and represent the versatility instruments can exhibit.

Pan Pipes

The pipes shown here would have all been part of a larger pipe ensemble, who would perform songs that represented sagas and stories. The pipes could and would also be used in solo performances, but more often than not were part of a larger orchestral group. These ensembles still exist today, and can be seen performing here. These pipes show us the intersection of functionality and musicality, being used both as musical instruments and as tools of a larger religious or cultural event. 

Pan pipe, Solomon Islands
Pan pipe, Solomon Islands

Four pipes bundled; turn while blowing in it 2007.03.99 Friedlaender Collection

Three pipes, Solomon Islands
Three pipes, Solomon Islands

Part of Au Ripa pan pipe ensemble, for telling sagas through song. 2007.03.95 Friedlaender Collection

Undecorated, Bamboo Flute
Undecorated, Bamboo Flute

Undecorated, bamboo flute. New Britain. 2007.03.43 Friedlaender Collection

Pan pipe, Solomon Islands
Pan pipe, Solomon Islands

Four pipes bundled; turn while blowing in it 2007.03.99 Friedlaender Collection

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Flute (decorated, ornament of man with penis/nose), Papua New Guinea
Flute (decorated, ornament of man with penis/nose), Papua New Guinea

2007.03.66 Friedlaender Collection

Pipe/flute (decorated, bird and spirit decorations), Solomon Islands
Pipe/flute (decorated, bird and spirit decorations), Solomon Islands

2007.03.15 Friedlaender Collection

Decorated pipe/flute (made of fernwood, bird decoration), Papua New Guinea
Decorated pipe/flute (made of fernwood, bird decoration), Papua New Guinea

2007.03.10 Friedlaender Collection

Flute (decorated, ornament of man with penis/nose), Papua New Guinea
Flute (decorated, ornament of man with penis/nose), Papua New Guinea

2007.03.66 Friedlaender Collection

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Flutes

These flutes are meant to represent the voices of ancestors, allowing them to be present at various religious ceremonies and events. The carvings are also representative of ancestor spirits, the most common depiction being that of a bird. These flutes again demonstrate the dual nature that instruments can and do hold in our cultural practices. 

Percussion

These percussion pipes are from the Solomon Islands, like the pan pipes displayed above. These would also be used as a part of a larger musical ensemble, to add percussion. Both the pan pipes and the percussion pipes are made out of a similar material, but are used in strikingly different ways. The Sepik Kundu drums would similarly be used for percussion. These drums would be used in coming-of-age ceremonies for young men, once again demonstrating how music (and the instruments used to create it) play an important cultural and sometimes even ritual role in many societies.

Sepik Kundu drum, Papua New Guinea
Sepik Kundu drum, Papua New Guinea

2007.03.53 Friedlaender Collection

Percussion/ stomping pipe "Au Kiro Ni Mako", Solomon Islands
Percussion/ stomping pipe "Au Kiro Ni Mako", Solomon Islands

Played by striking against rock, held in fingers and toes 2007.03.100 Friedlaender Collection

Sepik Kundu drum, Papua New Guinea
Sepik Kundu drum, Papua New Guinea

2007.03.53 Friedlaender Collection

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