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David Brian mago (HLM-17)

$1020

1 in stock

A very ‘slow-player’ instrument with deep, relaxed sound from Maningrida, North-Central Arnhem Land. The walls are quite thick all the way along the body, that’s why it’s a heavy stick. I had to spend some time to find the sound I was looking for in this instrument, since the play-ability is unbalanced and the backpressure is low. A very slow-moving stick with good bass and overtones after a few minutes of playing.
The painting depicts ceremonial body pendants.

Listen to this mago here:

1 in stock

Cultural context

Maker: David Brian
Clan: Balngarra
Moiety: Duwa
Homeland: Ankabarrbirri

Additional information

Weight6 kg
Dimensions154 cm
Area of origin

Ankabadbirri outstation, North-Central Arnhem Land

Material

Natural pigments with fixative and sugarbag wax on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus

Mouthpiece diameter internal

4 cm

Mouthpiece diameter external

5.5 cm, waxed

Distal end diameter internal

4.5 cm

Distal end diameter external

7.3 cm

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