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Ribbon reed pipe

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Wedge-shaped body (of rectangular cross-section) constructed of six pieces of red cedar (?), bound with strips of split spruce root near each end. Ribbon reed of cloth (width 12 mm) woven back and forth through five oval openings near center of bore. Five lozenge-shaped embouchure openings.


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

Tsimshian people, late 19th century

Object Place

British Columbia, Northern Coastal region, Canada


Length 14.7 cm, width 5.8 cm, thickness 3.4 cm (Length 5 13/16 in., width 2 5/16 in., thickness 1 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones