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sopilka (flute)
  • Ukraine
  • sopilka (flute), late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: Ukraine
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 40 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 15 3/4 x 9/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0687

This is a cylindrical light-colored wooden flute. Most of the flute is stained dark brown with wavy lines. The mouthpiece end is left bare and the incised designs expose the natural wood color. Three bands of ovals go all the way around. There is one band at either end and another just above the first of six fingerholes. It has a shock of leaves between the first bands with two clusters of four ovals. There are two leaves between all of the fingerholes and four leaves between holes 3 and 4.