Reed pipe

Tsimshian people
19th century

Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Northern Coastal region


Length 38.6 cm, width 5.5 cm, thickness 2.7 cm (Length 15 3/16 in., width 2 3/16 in., thickness 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root

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Americas, Musical Instruments



Paddle-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near each end and at two places near center. Two concealed double reeds of red cedar (?) affixed inside distal end of body. Oval 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