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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.

Inscription

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

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Probably Tohono O'odham people, 19th century

Object Place

Arizona, United States

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

17.2229

Medium or Technique

Cane

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones