the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

associated pipes - double pipes

gallery - a randam selection of images

compiled by Frances
under construction

Double pipes, or two pipes played at the same time, are found in sculptures, paintings, stained glass, religious manuscripts and archaeology dating back into pre-history, right up to the present day. Sometimes the two pipes are exactly the same; other images show two slightly different shapes, one playing the tune and the other a drone pipe.

It is impossible to see the mouth-piece on some of these images: some may be duct flutes, others may have single or double reeds or be trumpets. If you have information on the mouth-piece of any of these instruments I would be grateful to know.

I have not included images where it is definately not a variety of duct-flute without keys. Around 1810 an English instrument maker, William Bainbridge, patented a keyed double flageolet which consisted of two English flageolets joined together so that the player could harmonise the tunes that s/he played. Flageolets are therefore not included here.

All images are copyright If you would like more information on unacknowledged sources contact the project manager.

13th century, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire
13th c. Hanwell, Oxfordshire
1225-50 manuscript, St Albans
double pipe and bells
information to follow
1300 England, manuscript
1320 Luttrel Psalter
1309-1349 Beverley Minster stone carving 1
1309-1349 Beverley Minster stone carving 2
pew end
14th c Winchester Cathedral misericord
14th c Winchester Cathedral misericord 2 (copy)
1495 manuscript, London
All Saints Church, Chevening, Suffolk
15th c. Elkestone Church, Gloucs
1585 print, London
early 18th c Fairleigh Hungerford Church,
wood carving (poss. trumpets)
1783 satirical print, BM
1862 Selsey Church, Gloucs, stained glass
1864 porcelain vase, BM

1870 stained glass


All Saints, Cambs, stained glass
1880-1915 wallpaper

1880-1915 wallpaper


19th c drawing
20th c David Munrow
21st c classical flowerpot on pedestal, Surrey

Videos: 1.
2. - Tre Fontane, anon 14th century
3. - how to play the double whistle
4. - double flute of Rajasthan


Arabic countries
945-525BC statuette Egypt
900-700BC box, Lebanon
8th c BC Syria
8th-6th BC Pheonicia

200AD south Iraq   150BC Iraq (with drum)    
Greece and area
pre-history, cornelian intagio
(carved jewel)
575-525BC, (double-reeded pipes)
3-2BC bronze statue

dvoyanka, Macedonia
20th c djojnica, Bosnia
20th c dvojnice Serbia
20th c Croatia (drone pipe)

audio and other examples from the region


Czech Republic
figure, Royal Dux, Bohemia
1320-30 Ghent, Belgium
1338-1344 Tournai, Belgium


modern dwojnica
Svirel, Russia
2 different lengths
1275-1325, Toulouse, France
14th c.Finistere, Britanny
wood carving

after Clondion (18thc)
1415-1430, Paris, France

20th c. France
Samson copy of earlier ceramic figures

after Clondion (18thc)

20th c. Volkestedt porcelain



400-300BC Etruscan, votive model
1st 2nd AD Roman bronze figure (restored pipes)
1312 Martini painting
1395 Aretino
1485-95 Florence, print
1447-50 Donatello
1500-05 BM
1515 BM
1700-1880 print


18th c ring



Maya style, Mesoamerica
double native American
Mexico (sound)
Tipolo nose flutes, Taiwan

Ney, China (brought from Egypt)

cane pipes with horn bell
India and area
2nd c, India
Satara, India (probably reeded pipes)
2nd-3rd century NW Frontier, Pakistan
double flute, one pipe a drone
video by langa community,
here and here
21st century
Algoza (double flute of Rajasthan), video duet        

1975 doneli Baluchistan, Pakistan/Iran/Afganistan
another doneli [ two separate pipes, one a drone]



not known
Victorian tiles
21st century desert
published 1742 Rome



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