Reed pipe

Tsimshian people
19th century

Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Northern Coastal region


Length 23.1 cm, width 6.9 cm, thickness 4 cm (Length 9 1/8 in., width 2 11/16 in., thickness 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Bottle-shaped body (of rectangular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), originally bound with unknown substance (now missing) at each end and at center. Concealed double reed of red cedar (?), bound with strip of cloth and affixed with pitch inside proximal half of body. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole.


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