Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Jan Sieber
    active: United States
  • flute, 1992
  • Where object was made: United States
  • red cedar, leather, beads, antler, synthetic sinew, metal, paper, carving, inscribing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 51 x 4 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 20 1/16 x 1 9/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0634

This is a cylindrical wooden flute made from an orange colored wood. One end has a small knob with a hole in it for a mouthpiece. There is a raised square portion on the cylinder near the mouthpiece and an attached block over the square, next to the whistle hole. It has red paper near the whistle hole. One side of this complex is decorated with a thin section of antler, embellished with a buckskin tassel and gold tone bead. What appears to be a waxed cord is wrapped in a wide band in three segments on either side of the antler with a band near the opposite end of the flute. There are five single strips of buckskin wrapped around the flute and each is held closed with a single white bead. It has six fingerholes.

There is an engraved bird with wings spread opposite the whistle hole. "J.S." is inscribed under one wing and "92" under the other.