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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.

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

Accession Number

1984.290

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones