Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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snake shaped flute, replica
  • Mexico
  • snake shaped flute, replica, circa 1970
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • ceramic, pigment
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 37 x 15.5 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 14 9/16 x 6 1/8 x 2 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0615

This black ceramic flute is in the shape of a bending snake. The substance of the flute is an "S" with the snake's head and tail extending from either side. There is a human face with a headdress at one curve in the "S" that sits in front of the mouthpiece. The tail has one fingerhole, the rest of the snake has five fingerholes and two rectangular holes near the mouthpiece. It is black mottled with brown.

It is a replica of a flute from the Tairona culture.