Speaking-Trumpets

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THE antiquity of the speaking-trumpet may be proved upon far higher authority than that of the imaginative Athanasius Kircher. It is literally as old as the Pyramids. While examining Lepsius's great work upon ancient Egypt for my “History of Music” I noted two examples among the plates of the fourth dynasty of Egypt (see Lepsius's “Denkmäler”, Dyn. 4, Abt. 2, Blätter 27 and 30). The Egyptian speaking-trumpets seem to have been some five feet or more in length, and too wide in diameter to have been blown by the mouth. They are conical, and lack the contraction near the mouth-end which is so observable in their war-trumpets.

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CHAPPELL, W. Speaking-Trumpets. Nature 19, 5 (1878). https://doi.org/10.1038/019005e0

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