End-blown flute (wua)

Probably Bwa people
mid-20th century

Object Place: Burkina Faso


Length 40.9 cm, width 8.5 cm (Length 16 1/8 in., width 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, snakeskin

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments



Conical body of dark wood terminating in flattened Y-shape at top with beveled surface for circular embouchure hole. Bent “arms” project from each side, one containing fingerhole. Wrapped with strips of snakeskin except near lower end. Lower end pierced by hole for carrying cord.


Before 1984, Tony Vacca, Whately, Massachusetts; by 1984, sold by Vacca to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund