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Cylindrical body of eagle-wing (?) bone with V-shaped window. Duct block of wood. Carrying cord of leather (length 420 mm) tied just below window. Two eagle "fluffy" feathers suspended near center by long cords of leather. One eagle "fluffy" feather and small tuft of eagle down dyed red, bound...

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1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Unknown people, 1850–1900

Object Place

Great Plains region, United States


Length 16.7 cm, diameter 1.5 cm (Length 6 9/16 in., diameter 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bone, wood, feathers


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones