End-blown flute

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: Probably Sudan


Length 61.3 cm, width 3.5 cm (Length 24 1/8 in., width 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, tin, animal skin, seed beads

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Musical Instruments



Cylindrical body of cane wrapped with alternate bands of animal skin and tin. Ends wrapped with snakeskin. Wrapped in two spots with large seed beads (black, white, green, red) and small seashells, and tied with braided black cotton (?) carrying cord with two tassels at each end. U-shaped notched embouchure. Four fingerholes in lower half.


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