Bagpipe (biniou)

19th century

Object Place: Brittany, France


Chanter length (without reed) 15.7 cm (6 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ebony, tin, ivory, brass, leather, cloth

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Chanter and one drone. Leather bag covered with black velvet. Three stocks. The blow-pipe of ebony is tipped with ivory and inlaid with tin ornamentation. The drone of ebony is in three parts with flaring bell, tipped with brass rings and also inlaid with tin; cylindrical bore. The chanter of ebony; conoidal bore; seven finger-holes in the front, the lowest located to the left for the left little finger; two vent-holes on the sides.


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