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ID number:  BIRRC-D0145(1-2)
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Algaita
Object type:  Musical instrument
Place made:  Rano, N. Nigeria
Culture:  Hausa
Materials:  (1) Hollow wood, leather, metal and grass (2) leather
Measurements:  (1) 39 x 6.5 cm (2) 53 cm

Split-reed oboe-type wind instrument (1), made from hollowed wood as a tapering cone, pierced along part of its length by four finger holes and covered with reddish-brown leather. A detachable leather-covered metal mouthpiece with a grass-stem reed is attached. The instrument is accompanied by a carrying bag in reddish brown leather (2). These wind instruments are used in Nigeria especially amongst the Hausa people. This particular instrument was purchased in around 1975 from the Saski's trumpeter by Pete Tunley.

This item and its carrying bag were lent to the University of Birmingham by Pete Tunley in 1978. They form part of a collection that was gathered between 1971 and 1973 whilst Tunley was working as a VSO maths teacher in Rano village, northern Nigeria. In his free time he began to explore the local area, talking to local craftsmen and investigating different cultural methods and traditions including metalworking, leatherworking and cotton weaving.

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