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End-blown flute

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Slender conical body of wood stained/painted black with beveled embouchure end. Narrow end pierced longitudinally by small hole into bore and tip steeply cut away along one side. Integral eyelet near embouchure end with long carrying cord of twined plant fiber.


About 1925, collected in Chad by a missionary; before 1984, sold by a pawn broker as part of a collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Unknown people, about 1925

Object Place

Possibly Chad


Length 31.2 cm, width 3.4 cm (Length 12 5/16 in., width 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, plant fiber


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones