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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. Bent "arms" project from each side, one containing fingerhole. Wrapped with strips of snakeskin except near lower end. Lower end pierced by hole for carrying cord.

Provenance

Before 1984, Tony Vacca, Whately, Massachusetts; by 1984, sold by Vacca to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Probably Bwa people, mid-20th century

Object Place

Burkina Faso

Dimensions

Length 40.9 cm, width 8.5 cm (Length 16 1/8 in., width 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1984.296

Medium or Technique

Wood, snakeskin

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones