Duct flute (khlui phiang o)

Duct flute (khlui phīang ǭ)

mid-20th century


Object Place: Thailand

Dimensions

Length 44.1 cm, diameter 2.8 cm (Length 17 3/8 in., diameter 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1984.281

Medium or Technique

Bamboo

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Bamboo body with wood (?) plug for duct; burned-on repeating decorative pattern. Seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. Two pairs of holes drilled at right-angles at lower end of body (the transverse pair for a cord for carrying or decoration, the other for venting?). One hole between duct and highest fingerhole, covered with mirliton of unknown substance (bamboo fiber?).

Provenance

Between 1980 and 1984, sold by Lillian Caplin, Center for Musical Antiquities, New York, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund