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Nose flute (dulali)

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Body of bamboo with ends closed by nodes, and burned-in geometric designs on one half. One blow-hole near each end. Three vent-holes (?) around circumference at center. One fingerhole midway between each blow-hole and vent-holes.


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)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

19th century

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Length 64.8 cm, width 5.0 cm (Length 25 1/2 in., width 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones