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Paddle-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near each end and at two places near center. Two concealed double reeds of red cedar (?) affixed inside distal end of body. Oval 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

Tsimshian people, 19th century

Object Place

British Columbia, Northern Coastal region, Canada


Length 38.6 cm, width 5.5 cm, thickness 2.7 cm (Length 15 3/16 in., width 2 3/16 in., thickness 1 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones