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End-blown flute (kooauau)

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Body of tutu wood (?), carved on one side with frontal-view of full-length human figure. Three fingerholes on reverse side.


Glued-on manuscript label: Native Flu[te?] / New Zealand


Before 1984, apparently sold by Tad Johnson, London, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Maori people, about 1860

Object Place

New Zealand


Length 13.3 cm, width 2.5 cm (Length 5 1/4 in., width 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tutu wood?


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones