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

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 statue3-2BC bronze statue
11th c mosaic, Cyprus
19th c
former Yugoslavia

20th c dvojnice Serbia
20th c djojnica,

20th c (drone pipe)
žveglicas, children's toys
1937 Croatia Dvojnice double pipescarved Dvojnice
Albania cyla-diare
audio and other examples from the region
Czech Republic
1910, Royal Dux, Bohemia
HungaryTransylvania and Transdanubia
1320-30 Ghent, Belgium
1338-1344 Tournai, Belgium
double pipes1440 Utrecht, Netherlands
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
15th/16th century stone carving
Saint-Médard de Thouars Church
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



400-300BC Etruscan
votive model
1st 2nd AD Roman
bronze figure
(restored pipes)
150-200AD Roman
1312 Martini painting
1395 Aretino
Donatello1445 Donatello
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 old printprint published 1742 Rome
Picasso1946 'Yellow and blue faun' by Picasso Picasso1958 'White Faun' oil painting by Picasso
Stone carvingstone carvings Toledo Cathedral stone carving  
c1800 akkordflute
UkraineUkrainian Djolomyga, or Double Sopilka
not known Victorian tiles 14451445 Morgan



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