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By: Barseghyan E. A., a researcher in archeo-musicologue

The bronze statuette discovered in the basin of Lake Van in 1872 currently is exhibited at the Louvre Museum.
It is an exclusive value in the Armenian music history. The bronze figurine is of 6.5 cm. height and introduces a sitting man playing wind instrument. This statuette depicting a musician is one of ancient specimens excavated in the Armenian Highland. The figurine has a “crest-like” hairdo (or a hat) with a small hole in the upper part (0,3 cm.). It is notable that this bronze statuette (dated to the 2nd millennium B.C. among the exhibits of the Louvre Museum) belongs to a number of statuettes discovered in different locations of Armenia which are dated to the 3rd -1st millennia B.C..
A version of a labial trumpet is present in the 15th century miniature of Artshesh, which is very like European medieval cornets called "cornet a buqin". Taking into consideration the sizes of Hamshen zourna the author decided to recreate a version of the ancient Armenian instrument preferring the traditional apricot wood.
The instrument of “bronze musician” excavated from the coasts of the Lake Van and exhibited in the Louvre Museum we called Vanapogh (“Van-trumpet”).

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