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Pear-shaped body of earthenware incised with geometric designs. one side primarily triangles, the other side mixed. Traces of blue, red, yellow, and white paint. Mouth-hole at end and two fingerholes on knobs.


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 8.2 cm, width 5.2 cm, depth 2.5 cm (Length 3 1/4 in., width 2 1/16 in., depth 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones