Duct flute (que-goot?)

Probably Papago people
19th century

Object Place: Arizona, United States


Length 56.9 cm, diameter 2.7 cm (Length 22 3/8 in., diameter 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Musical Instruments



Cylindrical body constructed of three sections of cane connected by crudely fitted socket-and-tenon joints. Proximal end of uppermost joint cut at steep angle. Bands of cotton (?) string wrapped in six places (missing or detached in four places). U-shaped window with widely chamfered lower edge. Duct block missing, but apparently held in place by pin (length 25 mm) carved from cane, protruding through wall of uppermost section about 15 mm from proximal end. Two fingerholes and one thumb hole, with chamfered edges, near distal end of lowest section.


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