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svirala (flute)
  • Yugoslavia
  • svirala (flute), late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: Yugoslavia (present-day Serbia and Montenegro)
  • wood, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 30 x 3 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 1 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0678

This wooden flute has a triangular cross section on the front portion and a round cross section on the back. The mouthpiece is angled. It has six fingerholes, each in a semicircular divot. There is a scalloped edge along either side of the flute and a row of small triangles. The area between the mouthpiece and fingerholes is decorated with "X's" with a small triangle in each of the negative spaces.