Instrumentos Musicales de Barro en Andalucía

Sala Mercado, NerjaRunning from November 7th 2008 until January 12th 2009 is an exhibition of traditional Andalucían musical instruments made from mud!

The exhibition is at the Sala Mercado in calle San Miguel, next to Plaza de la Ermita, and is open Monday to Friday 11:00 – 13:00 and 18:00 – 21:00.

Naturally, we just had to check it out.

The instruments on display form part of the collection of the Centro de Documentación Musical en Andalucía (CDMA – much easier!), which was founded in 1990.

The exhibition of the instruments began in 1993 as part of the Year of Traditional Culture (Año de la Cultura Tradicional) and now moves from place to place. Just click on the pictures to enlarge.

Nerja, exhibition of musical instruments made of mud Nerja, exhibition of musical instruments made of mud Nerja, exhibition of musical instruments made of mud

The exhibition is quite minimalistic, the showcases being arranged around the outside walls. Each exhibit has an explanatory board.

Nerja, exhibition of musical instruments made of mud Nerja, exhibition of musical instruments made of mud

The exhibits are divided into various categories, such as instruments used for general communication or sending messages, those used in rituals or festivals or just general ones for amusement.

Nerja, exhibition of musical instruments made of mud Nerja, exhibition of musical instruments made of mud

There are drums, whistles, some of which are in the shape of animals, and horns. All interesting stuff.