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horizontal whistle flute
  • India
  • horizontal whistle flute, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: India
  • wood, brass, beads, string, braiding, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 35 x 3.5 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 13 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0704

This cylindrical wooden flute has a knob-like mouthpiece projecting off the side of one end and a carved finial at the same end. There are six fingerholes and a brass band at the end. The end is decorated with a strand of red braided string, with a bead in each of these colors: blue, yellow, light blue, white, and red. There is a blue-green tassel at the end.