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kaval (flute)
  • Bulgaria
  • kaval (flute), late 1800s–1998
  • Where object was made: Bulgaria
  • boxwood, wood, metal, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 64 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 25 3/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0694

This wooden flute was originally in three sections that no longer come apart. It is brown with black sections and silver metal bands at the segment ends. It is carved with clusters of six bands at regular intervals through the dark and light sections. The diameter varies a bit over the course of the flute and the two dark bands in the middle are larger. There are seven holes in the middle segment and four holes in the end segment.