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
gallery contents

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.

Greece and area

pre-history, cornelian intagio
(carved jewel)

3-2BC bronze statue
  11th c mosaic, Cyprus  
19th c
former Yugoslavia

20th c dvojnice Serbia
19th century dvojnice
20th c djojnica,

20th c (drone pipe)
žveglicas, children's toys
Albania cyla-diare

and other examples from the region


Czech Republic
1910, Royal Dux, Bohemia
1320-30 Ghent, Belgium
1338-1344 Tournai, Belgium
modern dwojnica
1225-1250 Paris, France
(possibly reeded instrument)
1275-1325, Toulouse, France
14th c.Finistere, Britanny
wood carving
1415-1430, Paris, France
in Bourges
after Clondion (18thc)
after Clondion (18thc)

20th c. France
Samson copy of earlier ceramic figures

13thc Germany or Scandinavia
chess piece
20th c. Volkestedt porcelain late 18th c




400-300BC Etruscan
votive model
1st 2nd AD Roman
bronze figure
(restored pipes)
150-200AD Roman
1312 Martini painting
1395 Aretino
1447-50 Donatello
1485-95 Florence, print
1500-05 BM
1515 BM
1534-6 painting northern Italy  
1534-6 painting northern Italy
18th c ring 1700-1880 print    
c1800 akkordflute


published 1742 Rome

not known
Victorian tiles



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