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  • Philippines
  • flute, late 1800s–1917
  • Where object was made: Luzon, Philippines
  • bamboo, thread, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: 72 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 28 3/8 x 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0743

This bamboo flute has one end angled, with a notch at the tip. It has three fingerholes and one thumbhole. It is wrapped with bands of thread, with two near either end. The band nearest the mouthpiece is yellow, white, red, and yellow, and the band at the other end is solid yellow. The two middle bands are red flanked by yellow. The flute is decorated with incised designs: parallel lines and zigzags at the mouthpiece and six bands of decoration over the length.

Band one has a honeycomb-like pattern with one row of diamonds, a row of dots, and two rows of zigzags. Band two has a herringbone-like pattern. Band three consists of vertical zigzags. Band four is similar to band one.
Band five is also similar to band one with horizontal zigzags above and below.
Band six consists of vertical rows of dots.