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Wedge-shaped body (of circular cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), separated by wood septum, all bound with strips of split spruce root near proximal end and at center. Two semi-circular embouchure holes. Tapered end forms two single reeds beating against...

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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 13.6 cm, width 3.5 cm, thickness 3.2 cm (Length 5 3/8 in., width 1 3/8 in., thickness 1 1/14 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones