Ribbon reed pipe

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: United States or Canada, Northwest Coast region


Length 7.4 cm, width 3.6 cm, thickness 3.6 cm (Length 2 15/16 in., width 1 7/16 in., thickness 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Peg-shaped body (of circular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root at center. Distal end open. Ribbon reed of unknown material stretched laterally across mid-point of bore. Lozenge-shaped 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