Reed pipe

Tsimshian people
19th century


Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Northern Coastal region

Dimensions

Length 23.1 cm, width 6.9 cm, thickness 4 cm (Length 9 1/8 in., width 2 11/16 in., thickness 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.2214

Medium or Technique

Red cedar

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Bottle-shaped body (of rectangular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), originally bound with unknown substance (now missing) at each end and at center. Concealed double reed of red cedar (?), bound with strip of cloth and affixed with pitch inside proximal half of body. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole.

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