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zummara (flute)
  • Israel
  • zummara (flute), late 1800s–1984
  • Where object was made: Jerusalem, Israel
  • bamboo, string
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 29 x 3.5 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0708

This flute is made from two lengths of bamboo tied side by side. Each has five fingerholes. A shorter piece of bamboo is stuck in the end of one. It is tethered to the back of the flute with plant fiber strings. This piece has a small slit lifted up, to act as a whistle hole. The string has a loop at the other end, indicating one piece is missing. There is a piece of bamboo inside the second pipe that may be the other mouthpiece.