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xiao (flute)
  • Taiwan
  • xiao (flute), late 1800s–1972
  • Where object was made: Taiwan
  • bamboo, string, dyeing
  • Object Length/Diameter: 54 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 21 1/4 x 1 9/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0718

This bamboo flute has a notched mouthpiece and five fingerholes. There is a transfer of a rooster above the first fingerhole with gold Chinese characters. It has faded red string looped through two holes at the end. There are two black Chinese characters on the end. It has a red interior.