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Nose flutes are commonly used throughout Oceania. To play the instrument, performers hold the flute up to one nostril with one hand, and hold shut the other with a free finger. To produce a sound, players would blow through a small hole near the top of the flute. Flutes were typically used in...

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Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Papua New Guinea, Sepik area, 20th century

Object Place

Papua New Guinea


Overall: 49 x 6 cm (19 5/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Africa and Oceania


Musical instruments