Duct flute (ya-ah-ga-wasta?)

Seneca people
19th century

Object Place: New York State, United States


Length 44.1 cm, diameter 2.7 cm (Length 17 3/8 in., diameter 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Cylindrical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of softwood, bound together with cotton cord in five places. Rectangular window covered by lead lip and external duct block with slanted upper surface, each bound to body with cotton cord. Proximal end slightly convex with small blow hole at center. Six equally-spaced fingerholes, with slightly chamfered edges, near center of body. Short wood pin (for unknown purpose) protruding from top surface near distal end.


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