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Transverse flute (bansuri)

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Cylindrical body of bamboo with no nodes. Six large fingerholes in distal half, with additional smaller hole near distal end, 90º (towards player) from the line of the fingerholes. Proximal end stopped with cork. Winding of white thread at distal end. Includes a "case" made of a plain bamboo...

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1990, gift of Ravi Nadkarni, Wrentham, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 1990)

Credit Line

Gift of Ravi Nadkarni

about 1955

Object Place

Mumbai, India


Length 70 cm, width 2.6 cm (Length 27 9/16 in., width 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones