Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Richard Fool Bull
    active: United States
  • flute, late 1800s–1981
  • Where object was made: Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota, United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, buckskin, horse hair, carving, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 50 x 6 x 32 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 19 5/8 x 2 3/8 x 12 5/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5914

Cylindrical wooden flute. Mouthpiece end is slightly tapered. Small raised wooden block sits over top of whistle hole, held in place with a light buckskin strip with a black horse hair tassel. Light colored buckskin strip holds red feathers along the flute. Five fingerholes. Band of buckskin, with a wide strip of loom beading is tied on below the finger holes. The strip of beading has a white field. Yellow diamond with black triangles forming a stepped border. Red, light blue and orange inside the diamond. There is a second design with an orange diamond and light green triangles making the border. Light blue black and yellow inside the diamond. End of flute is carved to resemble a green bird's head with a white band at neck and white eyes. The yellow beak is open revealing a red tongue.