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End-blown flute (wua)

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Conical body of dark wood terminating in flattened Y-shape at top with beveled surface for circular embouchure hole. Upper half of body has three raised fingerholes and is wrapped with strips of snakeskin. Lower half of body wrapped with animal skin, and end pierced by hole for carrying cord.


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

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Probably Bwa people, probably late 19th century

Object Place

Burkina Faso


Length 17.9 cm, width 4.2 cm (Length 7 1/16 in., width 1 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, snakeskin, animal skin


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones