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svirala (flute)
  • Yugoslavia
  • svirala (flute), circa 1970
  • Where object was made: Yugoslavia (present-day Serbia and Montenegro)
  • wood, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 31.5 x 2 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 12 3/8 x 3/4 x 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0675

This is a wooden flute with a square cross section. The mouthpiece end is angled and there are five fingerholes. It has six hourglass shapes (paired triangles) with clusters of three triangular notches in the negative space. The triangles are filled with parallel lines. There are zigzags above the whistlehole and above and below there is an incised decoration with another at the end.