421.112.2 Stopped panpipes

Wot, panpipes. Nine stopped pipes cut from graduated lengths of bamboo, each with a beeswax stopper at the distal end, are fixed in a circle around a bamboo core.

This set of wot panpipes was purchased from a group of Lao musicians from North East Thailand who performed at the Purcell Room in London in 1989. They were made by one of the performers, Mr Song Sak Prathumsin, who also played the jew’s harp and xylophone in the performance. In performance the apex of the beeswax cone surmounting the pipes rests on top of the chin, and the player rotates the instrument to direct his breath against the edge of the pipe that he wishes to play.

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The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive.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