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fish shaped flute
  • Tairona peoples
  • fish shaped flute, 800–1200 CE
  • Where object was made: Colombia
  • terracotta, molding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 24 x 5.5 x 7.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 9 7/16 x 2 1/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0614

This ceramic flute is in the shape of a very stylized fish. It has a long snout for a mouthpiece with a rectangular cutout on the underside. It has incised tickmarks on the head for stylized scales. There is a small dorsal fin and small tail fin with a hole, and four fingerholes down the back.

This is possibly a replica of a flute from the Tairona culture.