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)
Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection
Tsimshian people, 19th century
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.)
Medium or Technique
Red cedar, spruce root