Eunuch flute (after 17th century type)

late 19th century
Probably by Francis William Galpin (English, 1858–1945)


Object Place: Hatfield Regis, England

Dimensions

Length 54.2 cm, bell diameter 10.5 cm

Accession Number

17.2031

Medium or Technique

Walnut

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Sound devices

Conical tube of stained wood with bell and detachable spherical cup. Turned with heavy moldings. At the smaller end there is a hollow conical plug covered with onion skin (hence the name) or some other membrane. Played by humming into the hole, in the tube hear the cap. Called also ‘Eunich’s flute.’

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