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Cornemuse (aka Musette). Turned and engraved ivory, silk velvet bag with silk ribbon fringe and silk braid, silver keys. x-radiography exists.
V&A object number: 394-1871.

The musette, a refined cousin of the bagpipe, achieved popularity in French aristocratic circles as part of their idealization of rural life. Typically made from costly ivory or ebony, it had silver keys and a bag enclosed in richly decorated silk or velvet. Its keywork was highly sophisticated for its date.

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