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Native Central and South American Instruments

  • The MFA’s Musical Instruments Collection contains over 1,100 examples from around the world, ranging from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Explore a selection of Native Central and South American instruments from the Museum’s holdings.

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  • Vessel rattle

    Chimú culture
    A.D. 1100–1476

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 12.4 cm, width 4.7 cm (Length 4 7/8 in., width 1 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.373

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle

    Chimú culture
    A.D. 1100–1476

    Object Place: Northern Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 6.4 cm, width 2.7 cm (Length 2 1/2 in., width 1 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.374

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle (nasis)

    Cuna culture
    1900–50

    Object Place: San Blas Island, Panama

    Description

    Provenance

    1986, sold by Douglas Deihl, Florence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 26, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Mary L. Smith Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 22 cm, diameter 10 cm (Length 8 11/16 in., diameter 3 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.605

    Medium or Technique

    Gourd, bone

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Vessel rattle (belt ornament)

    Moche culture
    Early Intermediate Period
    A.D. 200–600

    Object Place: Northern Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 11.6 cm, width 5.5 cm (Length 4 9/16 in., width 2 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.330

    Medium or Technique

    Copper alloy

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Suspension rattle

    Chancay culture
    A.D. 1000–1500

    Object Place: Central Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 12.6 cm, width 7.4 cm, height 4.7 cm (Length 4 15/16 in., width 2 15/16 in., height 1 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.331

    Medium or Technique

    Shells, plant fiber

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Rattle necklace (gorgigala?)

    Cuna culture
    1900–50

    Object Place: San Blas Island, Panama

    Description

    Provenance

    1986, sold by Douglas Deihl, Florence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 26, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Mary L. Smith Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 21.1 cm (8 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.606

    Medium or Technique

    Pelican bones, seed beads

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Scraper and comb (raspa)

    1970s

    Object Place: Puerto Rico

    Description

    Provenance

    1982, gift of Isabel Pope Conant, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Isabel Pope Conant

    Details

    Dimensions

    Gourd: Length 37.5 cm, diameter 9.5 cm (Length 14 3/4 in., diameter 3 3/4 in.) Scraper: Length 21 cm, width 6 cm (Length 8 1/4 in., width 2 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.10a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Gourd

    Not On View

    Collections

    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

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  • Panpipes (antara)

    Nasca culture
    200 B.C.–A.D. 750

    Object Place: Southern Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1978, father of Joseph Espinoza, Brazil; 1978, by descent to his son, Joseph Espinoza, Toronto, Canada; between 2004 and 2007, sold by Espinoza to Arte Xibalba, Osprey, Florida; 2007, sold by Arte Xibalba to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 2010, gift of Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2010)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Douglas Deihl

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length x width: 44.8 x 12.7 cm (17 5/8 x 5 in.)

    Accession Number

    2010.616

    Medium or Technique

    Cane, cloth, feathers, shell

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Panpipes (antara)

    Nasca culture
    A.D. 200–600

    Object Place: Southern Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    By about 1930, private collection, Texas; before 1982, acquired by James Economos, New York; 1982, sold by Economos to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Dimensions

    Length 46 cm, width 18 cm, thickness 2.5 cm (Length 18 1/8 in., width 7 1/16 in., thickness 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.332

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware: red slip paint

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Panpipes

    Unknown culture
    after A.D. 1600

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, purchased in Scotsdale, Arizona, by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 14.2 cm, width 9.2 cm, thickness 1.7 cm (Length 5 9/16 in., width 3 5/8 in., thickness 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.333

    Medium or Technique

    Cane, plant fiber

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute

    Nasca culture
    A.D. 200–600

    Object Place: Southern Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1988, sold by Douglas Deihl, Florence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 27, 1988)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Douglas Deihl

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 14.7 cm, width 2.2 cm (Length 5 13/16 in., width 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1988.243

    Medium or Technique

    Bone

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute

    Nasca culture
    A.D. 200–600

    Object Place: Southern Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 10.5 cm, diameter 1.4 cm (Length 4 1/8 in., diameter 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.387

    Medium or Technique

    Bone

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    More Info
  • End-blown flute

    Chancay culture
    A.D. 800–1530

    Object Place: Central Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 23.5 cm, diameter 1.6 cm (Length 9 1/4 in., diameter 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.337

    Medium or Technique

    Cane

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute

    Chancay culture
    about A.D. 1000

    Object Place: Central Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 18.5 cm, diameter 2.6 cm (Length 7 5/16 in., diameter 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.340

    Medium or Technique

    Bone

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute

    Chimú culture
    A.D. 1000–1470

    Object Place: Northern Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    Before mid-1980s, M. San Marco, Houston, Texas; by mid-1980s, sold by San Marco to Israel Pachenko, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; before 2007, sold by Pachenko to Arte Xibalba, Osprey, Florida; 2007, sold by Arte Xibalba to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 2010, gift of Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2010)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Douglas Deihl

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length x width: 18.4 x 2.7 cm (7 1/4 x 1 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2010.618

    Medium or Technique

    Bone

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute

    Ica culture
    A.D. 1000–1500

    Object Place: Southern Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 35 cm, diameter 2.3 cm (Length 13 3/4 in., diameter 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.336

    Medium or Technique

    Cane

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute (quena)

    Unknown culture
    after A.D. 1600

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a dealer, Lima, Peru, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 35 cm, width 2.6 cm (Length 13 3/4 in., width 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.334

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute

    Unknown culture
    after A.D. 1600

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 47.5 cm, diameter 2.8 cm (Length 18 11/16 in., diameter 1 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.335

    Medium or Technique

    Cane

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute

    Unknown culture
    probably after A.D. 1700

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, purchased at a market, Cuzco, Peru, by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 25 cm, diameter 1.1 cm (Length 9 13/16 in., diameter 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.341

    Medium or Technique

    Bone

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute (quena)

    Unknown culture
    1900–25

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 47 cm, diameter 2.2 cm (Length 18 1/2 in., diameter 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.388

    Medium or Technique

    Cane

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    More Info
  • End-blown flute

    Yekuana culture
    1900–50

    Object Place: Venezuela

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 21.7 cm, width 3.4 cm (Length 8 9/16 in., width 1 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.377

    Medium or Technique

    Bone

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • End-blown flute

    Aymara people
    mid-20th century

    Object Place: Bolivia

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 75 cm, diameter 3.3 cm (Length 29 1/2 in., diameter 1 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.392

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Transverse flute

    Unknown culture
    1900–25

    Object Place: Ecuador

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, collected in Quito, Ecuador, by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 108 cm, diameter 4.7 cm (Length 42 1/2 in., diameter 1 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.390

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Transverse flute

    Unknown culture
    about 1930

    Object Place: Ecuador

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 48.2 cm, diameter 3.4 cm (Length 19 in., diameter 1 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.389

    Medium or Technique

    Bamboo

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Duct flute

    Colima culture
    300 B.C.–A.D. 250

    Object Place: Mexico

    Description

    Traces of white pigment

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold at Brimfield Flea Market, Brimfield, Massachusetts, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 23.8 cm, diameter 2.2 cm (Length 9 3/8 in., diameter 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.370

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Duct flute

    Colima culture
    300 B.C.–A.D. 250

    Object Place: Mexico

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by Lillian Caplin, Center for Musical Antiquities, New York, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 27.5 cm, diameter 2.1 cm (Length 10 13/16 in., diameter 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.371

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Duct flute

    Cuna people
    after A.D. 1600

    Object Place: Panama

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a dealer, Quito, Ecuador, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 24 cm, diameter 1.4 cm (Length 9 7/16 in., diameter 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.338

    Medium or Technique

    Bone

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Duct flute (pincullo)

    Unknown culture
    about 1900

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, purchased at a market, Cuzco, Peru, by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 109.5 cm, diameter 4.2 cm (Length 43 1/8 in., diameter 1 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.394

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Duct flute

    Shuar people
    before 1920

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1986, sold by Douglas Deihl, Florence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 26, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Mary L. Smith Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 13 cm, width 2.3 cm (Length 5 1/8 in., width 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.602

    Medium or Technique

    Bone, beetle shells, feathers

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Duct flute (tarka)

    Aymara people
    1925–50

    Object Place: La Paz, Bolivia

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a flute maker, La Paz, Bolivia, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 53 cm, width 5.9 cm (Length 20 7/8 in., width 2 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.395

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    More Info
  • Duct flute

    Tukano people
    1900–50

    Object Place: Colombia

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 22 cm, width 3.5 cm (Length 8 11/16 in., width 1 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.378

    Medium or Technique

    Bone

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    More Info
  • Duct flute

    Arawak people
    1900–50

    Object Place: Colombia

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 29 cm, diameter 1.4 cm (Length 11 7/16 in., diameter 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.379

    Medium or Technique

    Pelican (?) bone

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Double duct flute

    Colima culture
    300 B.C.–A.D. 250

    Object Place: Mexico

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by Lands Beyond Gallery, Boston, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 33 cm, width 3.3 cm, diameter 1.7 cm (Length 13 in., width 1 5/16 in., diameter 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.372

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Whistle

    Paracas culture
    600–175 BC

    Object Place: Southern Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1978, father of Joseph Espinoza, Brazil; 1978, by descent to his son, Joseph Espinoza, Toronto, Canada; between 2004 and 2007, sold by Espinoza to Arte Xibalba, Osprey, Florida; 2007, sold by Arte Xibalba to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 2010, gift of Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2010)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Douglas Deihl

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length x width x depth: 20.5 x 5.1 x 4.5 cm (8 1/16 x 2 x 1 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2010.617

    Medium or Technique

    Clay, pigment

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Vessel whistle

    Guangala culture
    500 B.C.–A.D. 500

    Object Place: Central Coast, Ecuador

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a German collector, Quito, Ecuador, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 7.6 cm, width 3.6 cm, depth 2.9 cm (Height 3 in., width 1 7/16 in., depth 1 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.343

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Vessel whistle

    Maya culture
    A.D. 600–750

    Object Place: Jaina Island, Campeche, Mexico

    Description

    Traces of white and red slip paint, and blue pigment

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a dealer, Northampton, Massachusetts, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 14.8 cm, width 6.6 cm, diameter 4.9 cm (Height 5 13/16 in., width 2 5/8 in., diameter 1 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.355

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Collections

    Americas, Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Vessel whistle

    Possibly Moche culture
    possibly before A.D. 1500

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 4.2 cm, width 2.6 cm, height 2 cm (Length 1 5/8 in., width 1 in., height 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.397

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Vessel whistle

    possibly before A.D. 1500

    Object Place: Chiriqui, Panama

    Description

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 13.5 cm, width 9.5 cm, height 5 cm (Length 5 5/16 in., width 3 3/4 in., height 1 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2255

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    More Info
  • Vessel whistle

    Unknown culture
    before A.D. 1600

    Object Place: Ulua Valley region, Honduras

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a child in a banana plantation hardware store, presumably in Honduras, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts [apparently, the child dug it up and brought it to the hardware store to barter]; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1 984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 5.6 cm, width 2.4 cm, diameter 2.1 cm (Length 2 3/16 in., width 15/16 in., diameter 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.357

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

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  • Double vessel whistle

    Unknown culture
    before A.D. 1400

    Object Place: Colombia

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1986, Fred Markstein; by 1986, by descent to Hedi M. Markstein, Sharon, Massachusetts; 1986, gift of Markstein to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 17, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Hedi M. Markstein

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 4.5 cm, width 4 cm, thickness 2 cm (Length 1 3/4 in., width 1 9/16 in., thickness 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.830

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

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  • Double-vessel whistle

    Possibly Late Postclassic
    A.D. 1200–1521

    Object Place: Mexico

    Description

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 7.5 cm, width 6.5 cm, height 3.5 cm (Length 2 15/16 in., width 2 9/16 in., height 1 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2254

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

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  • Whistle

    Bahia culture
    500 B.C.–A.D. 500

    Object Place: Central Coast, Ecuador

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a German collector, Quito, Ecuador, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 5 cm, width 2.8 cm, depth 2.3 cm (Length 1 15/16 in., width 1 1/8 in., depth 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.345

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

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  • Vessel flute (?)

    Capulí culture
    before 500 B.C.

    Object Place: Northern Highlands, Ecuador

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, apparently collected in Ecuador and sold by a dealer, Quito, Ecuador, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 13 cm, width 10 cm, height 8.5 cm (Length 5 1/8 in., width 3 15/16 in., height 3 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.354

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

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  • Vessel flute

    Guangala culture
    500 B.C.–A.D. 500

    Object Place: Central Coast, Ecuador

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a German collector, Quito, Ecuador, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 3.9 cm, width 2.2 cm, height 2.5 cm (Length 1 9/16 in., width 7/8 in., height 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.348

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

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  • Vessel flute

    Nayarit culture
    200 B.C.–A.D. 300

    Object Place: Mexico

    Description

    Cream on red slip paint

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a dealer, New York, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 24.4 cm, width 8.5 cm, height 15 cm (Length 9 5/8 in., width 3 3/8 in., height 5 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.359

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    On View

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  • Vessel flute

    Guanacaste-Nicoya culture
    Period IV
    300 B.C.–A.D. 300

    Object Place: Costa Rica

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 12.5 cm, diameter 11.4 cm (Height 4 15/16 in., diameter 4 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.363

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

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  • Vessel flute

    Guanacaste-Nicoya culture
    Period V
    A.D. 500–800

    Object Place: Costa Rica

    Description

    Red and black on cream slip paint

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 10.2 cm, width 5.4 cm, height 5.9 cm (Length 4 in., width 2 1/8 in., height 2 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.365

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

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  • Vessel flute

    Possibly Tairona culture
    A.D. 800–1550

    Object Place: Colombia

    Description

    Brown slip and traces of red pigment

    Provenance

    1986, sold by Douglas Deihl, Florence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 26, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Mary L. Smith Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 15 cm, width 7 cm (Length 5 7/8 in., width 2 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.599

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    On View

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  • Vessel flute

    Possibly Huanca or Wanka culture
    A.D. 850–1500

    Object Place: Huancavalica province, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a German collector, Quito, Ecuador, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 2.7 cm, width 1.6 cm, length 3.1 cm (Height 1 1/16 in., width 5/8 in., length 1 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.351

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

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  • Vessel flute

    Tuza culture
    A.D. 1250–1500

    Object Place: Nariño, Colombia

    Description

    Brown on cream slip paint

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 12.7 cm, width 8.9 cm, height 6.9 cm (Length 5 in., width 3 1/2 in., height 2 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.402

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

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  • Vessel flute

    Chimú culture
    about A.D. 1400

    Object Place: Northern Coast, Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 7 cm, diameter 2.8 cm (Length 2 3/4 in., diameter 1 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.403

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

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  • Vessel flute

    Unknown culture
    A.D. 200–500

    Object Place: Guanacaste-Nicoya region, Costa Rica

    Description

    Cream slip paint

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 9.7 cm, width 9.4 cm, height 6.2 cm (Length 3 13/16 in., width 3 11/16 in., height 2 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.364

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

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  • Vessel flute

    Unknown culture
    before A.D. 1600

    Object Place: Ecuador

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a dealer, Quito, Ecuador, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 17.2 cm, height 7.3 cm, width 6.3 cm (Length 6 3/4 in., height 2 7/8 in., width 2 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.400

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

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  • Vessel flute

    Unknown culture
    after A.D. 1600

    Object Place: Costa Rica

    Description

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 6.9 cm, length 7.1 cm, width 4.3 cm (Height 2 11/16 in., length 2 13/16 in., width 1 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.362

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

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  • Vessel flute

    Narino culture
    1900–50

    Object Place: Colombia

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, sold by a dealer, Quito, Ecuador, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 14.5 cm, width 5.2 cm, height 5.2 cm (Length 5 11/16 in., width 2 1/16 in., height 2 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.401

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

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  • Clarinet (erkencho)

    19th century

    Object Place: Argentina

    Description

    Made of cow’s horn, with the tip faces off to provide clearance in the form of a cavity similar to a clarinet mouthpiece. The reed is of very thin bone, tied by a silk thread. The mouthpiece cap is lost.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 30.6 cm, diameter 7 cm (Length 12 1/16 in., diameter 2 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2257

    Medium or Technique

    Cowhorn

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  • Oboe (chirimía)

    Mexican Indian people
    mid-20th century

    Object Place: Mexico

    Description

    Provenance

    1968, sold by a Zapotec Indian, Oaxaca, Mexico, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 28.7 cm, diameter 4.9 cm (Length 11 5/16 in., diameter 1 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.329

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Trumpet

    Tiwanaku culture
    about A.D. 500

    Object Place: Bolivia

    Description

    Provenance

    1986, sold by Douglas Deihl, Florence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 26, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Mary L. Smith Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 33 cm, diameter 3.2 cm (Length 13 in., diameter 1 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.603

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

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  • Shell trumpet (pututu)

    Unknown culture
    A.D. 1500–1800

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1984, purchased at a markey, Cuzco, Peru, by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 17.4 cm, width 13.7 cm (Length 6 7/8 in., width 5 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.404

    Medium or Technique

    Seashell, cane, resin

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  • Lute (charango)

    19th century

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55.9 cm, width 13.9 cm, depth 7.5 cm (Length 22 in., width 5 1/2 in., depth 2 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2241

    Medium or Technique

    Quirquincho shell, wood

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  • Lute (charango)

    1900–25

    Object Place: Peru

    Description

    Provenance

    About 1920, collected on a Grace Line steamship cruise in Latin America; before 1984, acquired by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 54.9 cm, width 13.1 cm, depth 5.2 cm (Length 21 5/8 in., width 5 3/16 in., depth 2 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.405

    Medium or Technique

    Armadillo shell, wood

    Not On View

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