Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Peru
  • tarka, circa 1969
  • Where object was made: Peru
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 33.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 13 3/16 x 1 3/8 x 1 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0651

This is a rectangular wooden flute with carved decoration, stained red with thick black in the recesses. 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. It has stepped, zigzagging lines down either side of the finger holes. The rectangular portion at the bottom has a starburst.