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Body in shape of long-billed bird (with box held in bill) constructed from two carved and hollowed-out pieces of hardwood, tied together with sinew in two places at opposite sides of body. Painted decoration comprised of red and black geometric designs. Large blue glass beads used for eyes....

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Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Possibly Nootka people, 19th century

Object Place

British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Canada


Length 40.2 cm, width 10 cm, thickness 12.6 cm (Length 15 13/16 in., width 3 15/16 in., thickness 4 15/16 in.)

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Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones