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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.


Shadow of adhesive label on back side.


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


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.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones