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Reed pipe (sk-a'na)

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Slightly tapered body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end. Distal end closed. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole. Slits in unbound section of body function as lateral retreating reeds.

Provenance

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

Haida people, 19th century

Object Place

British Columbia, Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada

Dimensions

Length 24 cm, width 3.1 cm, thickness 2.5 cm (Length 9 7/16 in., width 1 1/4 in., thickness 1 in.)

Accession Number

17.2219

Medium or Technique

Red cedar, twine

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones