Reed pipe

Unknown people
late 19th century

Object Place: United States or Canada, Northwest Coast region


Length 27.1 cm, width 4.8 cm, thickness 4.4 cm (Length 10 11/16 in., width 1 7/8 in., thickness 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, twine

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Bottle-shaped body (of circular cross-section) in two pieces, each constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end. Pieces connected by crudely fitted socket-and-tenon joint. Clarinet-mouthpiece-type structure (missing metal reed) affixed to upper end of distal piece.


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