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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.

Inscription

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

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 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.)

Accession Number

1984.289

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones