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Reed pipe (possibly after 19th-century Heiltsuk people type)

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Paddle-shaped body constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near proximal end and at center. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole. Widened end forms terminal retreating reed.


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

late 19th century

Object Place

Washington, DC, United States


Length 20.5 cm, width 2.7 cm, thickness 2.2 cm (Length 8 1/16 in., width 1 1/16 in., thickness 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones