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Musical Instrument: Flute

  • Musical Instrument: Flute
  • Musical Instrument: Flute
  • Musical Instrument: Flute
  • Musical Instrument: Flute
  • Musical Instrument: Flute
  • Musical Instrument: Flute
  • Musical Instrument: Flute
  • Musical Instrument: Flute
Smithsonian Museum
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Specimen Count
1
Description
Courting flute (Domba). Section of cedar painted red, split and hollowed, rejoined with pitch and tied with series of hide thongs. Roughly carved stop in shape of bird. 20.75" (53 cm). Records: The cracks are sealed with pine balsam. The six finger holes are burned through. Called a "love flute" and used for serenading. Illustrated in Ewers 1986: 165. (C, L). (from Merrill, William L. et al. 1997. A Guide to the Kiowa Collections at the Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology, no. 40. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.)
Record Last Modified
8 Mar 2017
Donor Name
Bureau Of American Ethnology
Collector
James Mooney
Accession Date
1892-May-17
Object Type
Flute