Duct flute (ya-ah-ga-wasta?, after 19th-century Seneca people type)

1903
Attributed to Andrew John, Jr. (Seneca Nation, about 1847–1907)


Object Place: Washington, DC, United States

Dimensions

Length 44.1 cm, diameter 2.5 cm (Length 17 3/8 in., diameter 1 in.)

Accession Number

17.2230

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Cylindrical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of medium brown hardwood, bound together with twine in four places (one binding missing). Rectangular window covered by lead lip and external duct block with concave upper surface, each bound to body with twine. Proximal end flat with small blow hole at center. Six equally-spaced fingerholes with slightly chamfered edges, near center of body.

Inscription

In ink on side: ANDREW JOHN / Cat. 221480 / Acc: 41427 / SENECA [INDIANS] / NEW YORK STATE

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection