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End-blown flute

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Conical body of ivory (elephant tusk) with slightly concave embouchure end. Two small circular fingerholes near narrow end. Integral eyelet near center of body with leather carrying strap.


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

Unknown people, 19th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Length 31 cm, width 5 cm (Length 12 3/16 in., width 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory, leather


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones