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sufficient evidence remains to show that the intervals were pur­posely arranged according to the pentatonic scale. This interest­ing relic was brought to light from a tomb at Arica.
Another huayra-puhura, likewise still yielding sounds, was discovered placed over a corpse in a Peruvian tomb, and was procured by the French general, Paroissien. This instrument is made of a greenish stone which is a species of talc, and contains
eight pipes. In the Berlin
museum may be seen a good plaster cast taken from this curious relic. The height is 5 3/8 inches, and its width 6 1/4 inches. Four of the tubes have small lateral finger-holes which, when closed, lower the pitch a semitone. These holes are on the second, fourth, six, and seventh pipe, as shown in the engraving. When the holes are open, the
The following notation exhibits all the tones producible on the instrument:
The musician is likely to speculate what could have induced the Peruvians to adopt so strange a series of intervals: it seems rather arbitrary than premeditated.
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