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Duct flute (paqaplena)

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Cylindrical body of cane (?). Very extended beak at proximal end with separate piece of cane bound to top surface with sinew. V-shaped window. Duct block missing. Irregularly carved cross-shaped piece of wood with traces of light blue/green paint, tied to distal end with sinew. Three...

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Before 1984, sold by Lillian Caplin, Center for Musical Antiquities, New York, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Probably Hopi people, about 1900

Object Place

Arizona, United States

Catalogue Raisonné


Length 36.5 cm, diameter 1.9 cm (Length 14 3/8 in., diameter 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cane, wood


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones