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Cylindrical body of wood constructed in two halves, partially encased with heartsack (?) and bound together in six places with thin red sinew. Tied around body in nine places are strips of leather with dangling ends, one suspending sparrow-hawk claw and one suspending small strip of animal fur....

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1947, gift of Roberta Campbell Lawson, Tulsa, Oklahoma, to the Philbrook Museum of Art; after 1982, sold at auction, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Before 1984, Tad Johnson, London, England; by 1984, sold by Johnson to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, gift of Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Possibly Sioux people, mid-19th century

Object Place

Possibly South Dakota, United States


Length 51.7 cm, diameter 2.7 cm (Length 20 3/8 in., diameter 1 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, sinew


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones