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Transverse flute (di)

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Body of dark bamboo with five nodes. Bone ring at foot brass cap at head with pierced foliate desing. Six fingerholes. Two in-line holes on front surface near foot. Two side-by-side-holes on rear surface below fingerholes. Hole for mirliton (missing). Oval embouchure hole.


[two lines of poetry incised and filled with green ink above embouchure hole] see literal translations below.


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)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

19th century

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Length 57.7 cm, diameter 2 cm (Length 22 11/16 in., diameter 13/16 in.)

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Musical instruments, Aerophones