12 August 2019
Museum Monday 2019/32
detail of a tenor trombone in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, made by Jean Baptiste Tabard in Lyon, France, about 1830; from the label: "Trombones with their bell terminating in a dragon's head were popular with French military bands of the mid-nineteenth century. Such a trombone was sometimes referred to as a buccin, a term borrowed from a type of ancient Roman brass instrument. The dragon's tongue in this trombone is attached in a way that allows it to wag with [the] movement of the instrument."