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sopilka (flute)
  • Ukraine
  • sopilka (flute), late 1800s–1989
  • Where object was made: Ukraine (former Soviet Union)
  • linden wood?, varnish, carving, burning
  • Object Length/Diameter: 40 x 1 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 15 3/4 x 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0686

This cylindrical flute is made of a very light colored wood. It has a semicircular hole at one end with a rectangular whistle hole. The mouthpiece end is left bare. The rest of the flute is covered with a colorless varnish. Three bands of diamonds with small circles are burned, one at either end and one above the first of six fingerholes. A flower is burned between each fingerhole. A flower, two sets of ovoids, and a diamond at top and bottom are burned between the first band and the band separating the fingerhole segment.