End-blown flute

Unknown people
19th century


Object Place: Probably Sudan

Dimensions

Length 61.3 cm, width 3.5 cm (Length 24 1/8 in., width 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.2191

Medium or Technique

Wood, tin, animal skin, seed beads

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Cylindrical body of cane wrapped with alternate bands of animal skin and tin. Ends wrapped with snakeskin. Wrapped in two spots with large seed beads (black, white, green, red) and small seashells, and tied with braided black cotton (?) carrying cord with two tassels at each end. U-shaped notched embouchure. Four fingerholes in lower half.

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