Reed pipe (sk-a'na)

Haida (Masset) people
19th century

Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Queen Charlotte Islands


Length 33.0 cm, width 2 cm, thickness 1.9 cm (Length 13 in., width 13/16 in., thickness 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root

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Americas, Musical Instruments



Cylindrical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root (?) near each end. Distal end closed. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole. Slits in unbound section of body function as lateral retreating reeds.


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