Reed pipe

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: United States or Canada, Northwest Coast region


Length 13.6 cm, width 3.5 cm, thickness 3.2 cm (Length 5 3/8 in., width 1 3/8 in., thickness 1 1/14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Wedge-shaped body (of circular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), separated by wood septum, all bound with strips of split spruce root near proximal end and at center. Two semi-circular embouchure holes. Tapered end forms two single reeds beating against either side of septum.?


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