Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Nepal
  • flute, late 1800s–1987
  • Where object was made: Nepal
  • shisham wood, brass, metal, inlaying
  • Object Length/Diameter: 46.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 18 1/4 x 1 9/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0722

This wooden flute has one mouth hole and six finger holes. The end near the mouthpiece is described as a "temple top" describing the ridges in an overall taper. It has a small wooden cone jointed to the end. There is one band of silver metal circles on the lowest level. There are brass bands stamped with small flower-like designs on either side of the mouthpiece. An area with five ridges, three of which have small metal circles, separates the mouthpiece from the rest of the flute. There is a stamped brass band at the top of the segment and near the end of the flute.