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Waisted bottle-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with sinew near proximal end and at center. Seam sealed with pitch. Concealed double reed of red cedar (?) affixed inside proximal half of body. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole.


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

Fort Simpson, British Columbia, Canada


Length 35.5 cm, width 6.4 cm, thickness 5 cm (Length 14 in., width 2 1/2 in., thickness 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, twine


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones