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nay (flute)
  • Iran
  • nay (flute), 1800s
  • Where object was made: Tehran, Iran
  • bamboo, metal, plant fiber?, incising, dyeing
  • Object Length/Diameter: 51.5 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 20 1/4 x 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0711

This is a length of bamboo open at both ends with a metal band at one end. It has five fingerholes and one thumbhole. There are five bands of purple fibers wrapped at regular intervals. The flute is incised with repeats of a person holding an oud and a woman holding a goblet. Flowers, birds, and four-legged animals are also depicted.