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Conical body of ivory (elephant tusk) decorated near center with geometric patterns comprised of small black incised circles with central dot. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole surrounded by raised diamond-shape.


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

Zande or Mangbetu people, 19th century

Object Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Length 50 cm, width 8.5 cm (Length 19 11/16 in., width 3 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones