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pungi (flute)
  • India
  • pungi (flute), late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Bombay, India
  • bamboo, wood, shells, wire, paint, foil, beeswax?
  • Object Length/Diameter: 38 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 14 15/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0551

This is a wind instrument with a mouthpiece, bulbous portion, and two bound lengths of bamboo with fingerholes.

The mouthpiece tapers at the end and is decorated with six raised rings. The bulbous portion is a very dark brown, sealed on either end with a waxy substance. The wax on the proximal end has very small shells pressed into it. The wax at the distal end of the bulbous portion has larger shells. There is a circle of wax on the bulbous portion, near the middle with four shells and one very small shell.

The facing left length of bamboo has six finger holes. The facing right length of bamboo has two fingerholes near the distal end. A strip of silver foil runs between the bamboos. Silver-colored wire binds them together near the end, and the tips are painted red.