Reed pipe

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: United States or Canada, Northwest Coast region


Length 26.7 cm, width 5.1 cm, thickness 4.9 cm (Length 10 1/2 in., width 2 in., thickness 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Cylindrical 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 each end. Large bell-shaped hole in side of body for altering pitch with hand. Distal end reduced to 19 mm diameter forming two single reeds beating against either side of septum. Two semi-circular embouchure holes in proximal end. Sounds pitches of f’ and b’-flat.


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