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tung hsiao (flute)
  • China
  • tung hsiao (flute), late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: China
  • bamboo, staining, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: 75 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 29 1/2 x 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0744

This flute is made from bamboo. It is dark brown with a hole at the end. It has five fingerholes and one thumbhole. The two additional holes are possibly "spirit holes." It is decorated with Asian characters in red and gold and stylized nature scenes in gold.