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  • Jew's harp (susap)

    19th century

    Description

    Cylindrical body of bamboo with cut-away tapered end. Two slender arms and central tongue. Etched herringbone designs on surface. Hole with old cord at wide end.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 20.5 cm, width 2.9 cm (Length 8 1/16 in., width 1 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    1984.285

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Jew's harp (susap)

    about 1925

    Description

    Flat carrot-shaped piece of dark bamboo. Two slender arms and central tongue. Hole, for cord, at wide end.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 23.4 cm, width 2.8 cm, depth 0.9 cm (Length 9 3/16 in., width 1 1/8 in., depth 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    1984.286

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Jew's harp (susap)

    about 1930

    Description

    Cylindrical body of bamboo with cut-away tapered end. Two slender arms (bound together at end) and free central tongue. Pokerwork geometric designs on surface. Hole for cord at wide end.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 20 cm, width 2.1 cm (Length 7 7/8 in., width 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    1984.284

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Jew's harp (susap)

    1900–50

    Description

    Cylindrical body of bamboo with cut-away tapered end. Two slender arms and central tongue. Etched geometric designs on surface. Hole with old cord at wide end.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 24 cm, width 2.7 cm (Length 9 7/16 in., width 1 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    2002.781

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Jew's harp

    19th century

    Description

    Flat carrot-shaped piece of striped wood. Two slender arms (bound together at end) and free central tongue. Small knob at wide end.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 16.4 cm, width 1.7 cm, depth 0.5 cm (Length 6 7/16 in., width 11/16 in., depth 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Idiophones

    Accession Number

    17.2166

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Vessel flute

    about 1930

    Description

    Flat, rectangular-shaped body of earthenware with incised geometric designs. Painted blue, red, and orange. Mouth-hole at end and two fingerholes on knobs.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 14.2 cm, width 9.3 cm, depth 4.1 cm (Length 5 9/16 in., width 3 11/16 in., depth 1 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Earthenware

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.287

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Vessel flute

    about 1930

    Description

    Flat, oval-shaped body of earthenware with incised geometric designs, including four-point star on one side and three diamonds on reverse. Painted blue, red, and yellow. Mouth-hole at end, two fingerholes on knobs, and one hole for carrying cord.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 9.5 cm, width 7.4 cm, depth 4 cm (Length 3 3/4 in., width 2 15/16 in., depth 1 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Earthenware

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.288

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Vessel flute

    about 1930

    Description

    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.

    Details

    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.)

    Medium

    Earthenware

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.289

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Vessel flute

    about 1930

    Description

    Pear-shaped body of earthenware incised with geometric designs. one side primarily triangles, the other side mixed. Traces of blue, red, yellow, and white paint. Mouth-hole at end and two fingerholes on knobs.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 8.2 cm, width 5.2 cm, depth 2.5 cm (Length 3 1/4 in., width 2 1/16 in., depth 1 in.)

    Medium

    Earthenware

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.290

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Vessel flute

    about 1930

    Description

    Flat, square-shaped body of earthenware with incised geometric designs, primarily triangles. Painted black (before incising) and triangles painted white afterwards. Mouth-hole at end and two fingerholes just below. Cavity (10 mm x 80 mm) does not encompass most of external shape.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 12.5 cm, width 11.7 cm, depth 3.7 cm (Length 4 15/16 in., width 4 5/8 in., depth 1 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Earthenware

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.291

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    Musical Instruments

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  • End-blown flute

    mid-20th century

    Description

    Cylindrical bamboo tube with slanted cut-away at foot. Some bevel on outside of embouchure. Four fingerholes.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 68.9 cm, width 1.7 cm (Length 27 1/8 in., width 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    2002.607

    Collections

    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

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  • End-blown flute (kaur?)

    mid-20th century

    Description

    Body of bamboo, the distal end shaped into two prongs (155 mm. long), just beyond node. Surface has incised triangles, alternately painted light brown Large notch at embouchure. Two widely-spaced fingerholes at distal end, just above node.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 92 cm, width 3.5 cm (Length 36 1/4 in., width 1 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    2002.606

    Collections

    Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

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  • End-blown flute (kooauau)

    about 1860

    Description

    Body of tutu wood (?), carved on one side with frontal-view of full-length human figure. Three fingerholes on reverse side.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 13.3 cm, width 2.5 cm (Length 5 1/4 in., width 1 in.)

    Medium

    Tutu wood?

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.293

    Collections

    Africa and Oceania, Musical Instruments

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  • Transverse flute

    about 1925

    Description

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    1984.292

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Nose flute (dulali)

    19th century

    Description

    Body of bamboo with ends closed by nodes, and burned-in geometric designs on one half. One blow-hole near each end. Three vent-holes (?) around circumference at center. One fingerhole midway between each blow-hole and vent-holes.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 64.8 cm, width 5.0 cm (Length 25 1/2 in., width 1 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Bamboo

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.1801

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    Musical Instruments

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  • Shell trumpet (davui)

    19th century

    Description

    Body of conch shell with embouchure cut into end. Fingerhole in side of body. Distal end has woven fiber handle.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 35.5 cm, width 14.8 cm (Length 14 in., width 5 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Seashell, plant fiber

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.1977

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    Musical Instruments

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