Transverse flute (bansuri)

about 1955
Mohan S. Nadkarni (Indian, 1918–1996)


Object Place: Mumbai, India

Dimensions

Length 70 cm, width 2.6 cm (Length 27 9/16 in., width 1 in.)

Accession Number

1990.211

Medium or Technique

Bamboo

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Cylindrical body of bamboo with no nodes. Six large fingerholes in distal half, with additional smaller hole near distal end, 90º (towards player) from the line of the fingerholes. Proximal end stopped with cork. Winding of white thread at distal end. Includes a “case” made of a plain bamboo tube, into which the flute fits snugly.

Provenance

1990, gift of Ravi Nadkarni, Wrentham, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1990)

Credit Line

Gift of Ravi Nadkarni