Duct flute (paqaplena)

Probably Hopi people
about 1900

Object Place: Arizona, United States

Catalogue Raisonné


Length 36.5 cm, diameter 1.9 cm (Length 14 3/8 in., diameter 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cane, wood

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Cylindrical body of cane (?). Very extended beak at proximal end with separate piece of cane bound to top surface with sinew. V-shaped window. Duct block missing. Irregularly carved cross-shaped piece of wood with traces of light blue/green paint, tied to distal end with sinew. Three widely-spaced fingerholes at center of body.


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