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Flat, square-shaped body of earthenware with incised geometric designs, primarily triangles. Painted black (before incising) and triangles painted white afterwards. Mouth-hole at end and two fingerholes just below. Cavity (10 mm x 80 mm) does not encompass most of external shape.

Inscription

Shadow of adhesive label on back side.

Provenance

Before 1984, purchased from a gallery in Perth, Australia, by 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 12.5 cm, width 11.7 cm, depth 3.7 cm (Length 4 15/16 in., width 4 5/8 in., depth 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1984.291

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones