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flauta (flute)
  • Guatemala
  • flauta (flute), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Guatemala
  • ceramic, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: 22.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 8 7/8 x 1 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0660

This is a cylindrical red ceramic flute. The mouthpiece end is cone-shaped with a round whistle hole. It has six slightly raised fingerholes. There is a monkey-like face between fingerholes 3 and 4. There is a raised bar on either side of fingerholes 1-3 with diagonal lines. The face has bent arms and human-like hands on the cheeks. The arms are decorated with diagonal lines.