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Examining Musical Instruments Across Cultures

The Friedlaender, Walde-Waldegg, Cypress Street, and Commercial collections all contain musical instruments. Each of these items can tell us something about the cultures that created them. Many of these instruments were used for ritual and entertainment purposes, and served a clear role in the culture of their society. For some objects, the purpose is less clear. For all of them, however, their function and cultural significance is tied to their material and form, which is determined by the resources and culture of the society that created them.

Click on our different pages to explore the musical instruments of each collection!

Bark Trumpet, Columbia

Walde-Waldegg Collection

Temple Anthropology Laboratory and Museum 

Gladfelter Hall- Lower Level, Temple University

1115 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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