Transverse flute

about 1925


Object Place: Papua New Guinea, Possilbly Central Highlands

Dimensions

Length 46.4 cm, width 3.8 cm (Length 18 1/4 in., width 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1984.292

Medium or Technique

Bamboo

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Body of bamboo, the proximal end shaped into two prongs (155 mm. long) just beyond node. Burned-in geometric designs on main body; the prongs showing lizard, window, airplane, and random repeating letters. One blow-hole, just above node. No fingerholes.

Inscription

Small glued-on label with typed number "1"

Provenance

Before 1979, private collection of New Guinea material compiled about 1930, New York; about 1979, Lillian Caplin, Center for Musical Antiquities, New York; before 1984, sold by Caplin to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund