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Ceremonial Panpipe ('Bajón' in Spanish, 'Yru’i' in Trinitario language)
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Why this is a
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Chosen and explained by Akira SAITO "Transport to Japan in a Custom-made Wooden Box". Mojo-speaking indigenous people, living in a mission district founded by Catholic missionaries, played this panpipe on ritual occasions during the period of Spanish colonial rule. This panpipe is made of young leaves of the palm tree called cusi, and though not heavy, it is really large. Transportation was therefore very difficult. We ordered a wooden box large enough to fit an adult, put the panpipe in it, and after filling the gaps with foam, finally shipped it to Japan.

History of the Object
I collected this giant panpipe in the tropical lowlands of Moxos, Bolivia, in South America.

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Type
Musical instruments 
Materials
Young leaves of the palm tree called cusi 
Measurements
Length 200 cm.  
Creator name
Mr. Marco Herminio Fabricano Pasema 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Beni Department, Bolivia 
Geography
Bolivia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1998 
Function
Panpipe 
Acquisition
Collected in 1998 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
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