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zummara (flute)
  • Egypt
  • zummara (flute), circa 1971
  • Where object was made: Egypt
  • bamboo, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 30.5 x 3 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 12 x 1 1/8 x 9/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0706

This flute is made from two lengths of bamboo tied side by side. One has five fingerholes, the other has none. A shorter piece of bamboo is stuck in the end of each, one with a hole, the other without. Two more short pieces of bamboo are tethered to the back of the flute with plant fiber strings. These pieces each have a small slit lifted up, to act as a whistle hole. The ends are tapered to fit into the bound pipes.