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Flute figure

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Men of the Mundugumor and their neighbors customarily owned sacred bamboo flutes of up to eight feet in length, precious heirlooms preserved by families. During feasts and ceremonial occasions such as initiations of young men into the ashin, or crocodile, cult (one of the few cults...

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Given to the MFA by William and Bertha Teel in 1991. Purchased from Wayne Heathcote, New York, May 1985. Formerly in German collection. Collected by expedition aboard the vessel Herzogin Cecile 1932.

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Mundugumor peoples, Yuat River, Papua New Guinea, early 20th century


53.34 cm (21 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, conus shells, metal (New Guinea Head Tax Coin of 1928-29), pigment, fiber


Africa and Oceania


Musical instruments, Aerophones