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Flat, oval-shaped body of earthenware with incised geometric designs, primarily triangles. Painted red and yellow. Mouth-hole at end and two fingerholes on knobs. Extremely shallow air cavity.


Small glued-on label with typed "6" or "9"


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


Length 8.1 cm, width 6.8 cm, depth 3.0 cm (Length 3 3/16 in., width 2 11/16 in., depth 1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones