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Duct flute (ya-ah-ga-wasta?, after 19th-century Seneca people type)

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Cylindrical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of medium brown hardwood, bound together with twine in four places (one binding missing). Rectangular window covered by lead lip and external duct block with concave upper surface, each bound to body with twine. Proximal end flat with small...

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In ink on side: ANDREW JOHN / Cat. 221480 / Acc: 41427 / SENECA [INDIANS] / NEW YORK STATE


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


Object Place

Washington, DC, United States


Length 44.1 cm, diameter 2.5 cm (Length 17 3/8 in., diameter 1 in.)

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