In History, Science, Yale on February 5, 2009 at 3:26 pm

After the original inhabitant passed on, this shell served what function?



conch trumpet




1. Mastodon skin scraper.

2. Grain scoop.

3. Musical instrument.

4. Fish scaler



This conch shell is a trumpet made by the Peruvian Mochica culture (c. 400–900 AD).  It’s in the Yale School of Music’s Instrument Collection.  Established in 1900, the collection now comprises nearly one thousand instruments.


 Photo courtesy Yale Collection of Musical Instruments 


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