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floyara (flute)
  • Ukraine
  • floyara (flute), mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Ukraine (former Soviet Union)
  • linden wood, staining, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: 39.5 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 15 1/2 x 9/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0685

This cylindrical wooden flute has a semicircular hole in one end and a rectangular whistle hole. There are six fingerholes. Most of the flute, except the mouthpiece end, is stained brown with wavy lines. The incised designs reveal the light colored wood underneath. Three bands of flower-like designs go all the way around (roughly at the ends and middle), and the remaining design is all on the front. There are diagonal bands of diamonds, checkerboards, and zigzags that are interspersed with flower-like and leaf-like designs.