Siku-malta cromatico panpipes. Three ranks (rows) of twelve bamboo pipes of graduated lengths, each stopped by a node, produce a three octave chromatic scale from g to f3.

These panpipes were made in Bristol, UK in 1990 by Adrian Villanueva, an instrument maker from La Paz, using materials he had brought with him from Bolivia. Panpipes have a long history in the Andes, but chromatic sets like this one are a relatively recent development and, according to Mr. Villanueva, are used only in urban music making.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk