Transverse flute (di)

19th century


Object Place: China

Dimensions

Length 57.7 cm, diameter 2 cm (Length 22 11/16 in., diameter 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.2155

Medium or Technique

Bamboo

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Body of dark bamboo with five nodes. Bone ring at foot brass cap at head with pierced foliate desing. Six fingerholes. Two in-line holes on front surface near foot. Two side-by-side-holes on rear surface below fingerholes. Hole for mirliton (missing). Oval embouchure hole.

Inscription

[two lines of poetry incised and filled with green ink above embouchure hole] see literal translations below.

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