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tarka (flute)
  • Peru
  • tarka (flute), circa 1970
  • Where object was made: Peru
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 33 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 13 x 1 3/8 x 1 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0650

This rectangular wooden flute has carved decoration. It has a semicircular mouthpiece at the top of the rectangle and square whistle hole. It is a standing human-like figure with hands at the abdomen and it fills the rectangular segment of the flute. There are six fingerholes on a section with a triangular cross section. There are zigzag lines down either side of the finger holes. The rectangular portion at bottom has a wavy shape, identified as a puma's tongue.