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Transverse flute (ryuteki)

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Cylindrical body of dark bamboo wrapped with wisteria bark (?). Wrapped in two upper sections and between the seven finger-holes. Heavily lacquered on inside with red.


Before 1984, sold by Bill Gribbon, Greenfield, Massachusetts, to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

early 20th century

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Length 41.4 cm, diameter 2.4 cm (Length 16 5/16 in., diameter 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bamboo, wisteria bark


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones