Vessel flute

about 1930


Object Place: Papua New Guinea, Possibly Central Highlands

Dimensions

Length 8.1 cm, width 6.8 cm, depth 3.0 cm (Length 3 3/16 in., width 2 11/16 in., depth 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1984.289

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Flat, oval-shaped body of earthenware with incised geometric designs, primarily triangles. Painted red and yellow. Mouth-hole at end and two fingerholes on knobs. Extremely shallow air cavity.

Inscription

Small glued-on label with typed "6" or "9"

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