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Duct flute (wilwil'telhuku'p)

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Cylindrical body of cane with three nodes. Central node intact with rectangular window cut over top. Missing tied-on bandage to form duct. Three equally-spaced fingerholes in distal half.


In ink on side of headjoint: 107.535 / Tucson Arizona / Coll - E.W. Nelson


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Probably Tohono O'odham people, 19th century

Object Place

Arizona, United States


Length 63.5 cm, diameter 2.3 cm (Length 25 in., diameter 7/8 in.)

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