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Cylindrical 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 each end. Large bell-shaped hole in side of body for altering pitch with hand. Distal end reduced to 19 mm diameter...

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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 26.7 cm, width 5.1 cm, thickness 4.9 cm (Length 10 1/2 in., width 2 in., thickness 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones