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quena (flute)
  • Bolivia
  • quena (flute), circa 1967
  • Where object was made: Bolivia
  • bamboo, staining, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: 37 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 14 9/16 x 1 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0648

This is a length of bamboo with a notch at one end and six evenly spaced finger holes and one thumb hole. The flute is incised with geometric patterns: squares around the fingerholes, triangles and stepped lines next to the finger holes, and triangles and rectangles below the notched end. They are colored dark brown or left natural, and the recessed elements are colored black.