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Flat, oval-shaped body of earthenware with incised geometric designs, including four-point star on one side and three diamonds on reverse. Painted blue, red, and yellow. Mouth-hole at end, two fingerholes on knobs, and one hole for carrying cord.

Provenance

Before 1979, private collection of New Guinea material compiled about 1930, New York; about 1979, Lillian Caplin, Center for Musical Antiquities, New York; before 1984, sold by Caplin to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

about 1930

Object Place

Possibly Central Highlands, Papua New Guinea

Dimensions

Length 9.5 cm, width 7.4 cm, depth 4 cm (Length 3 3/4 in., width 2 15/16 in., depth 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1984.288

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones