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Carrot-shaped body (with flattened distal end) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root in two places near proximal end. Circular embouchure hole, beveled on outside edge. Tapered end forms terminal retreating reed (?).


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)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Unknown people, 19th century

Object Place

Northwest Coast region, United States or Canada


Length 29.3 cm, width 4 cm, thickness 3.6 cm (Length 11 9/16 in., width 1 9/16 in., thickness 1 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones