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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

    More Info
  • 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

    More Info
  • 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

    More Info
  • 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

    More Info
  • Duct flute (tarka)

    Aymara people
    1925–50

    Object Place, 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

    More Info
  • 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

    More Info
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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

    More Info
  • 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

    More Info
  • 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

    More Info
  • 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

    Not On View

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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

    Not On View

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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

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

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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

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

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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

    Not On View

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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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    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

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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

    Not On View

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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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