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pungi (flute)
  • India
  • pungi (flute), late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: India
  • gourd, bamboo, seeds, beads, paint, cord
  • Object Length/Diameter: 30 x 10.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 11 3/4 x 4 1/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0552

This flute was made from three reeds adhered together with a black substance which was also used to adhere them to a gourd with a mouthpiece. The brown gourd is decorated with hooked lines of the black resin with yellow beads and circles of the black resin with white beads, punctuated with large red seeds. There are six fingerholes on the front of the center reed and one near the bottom on the back of the facing right reed. Red cord is wrapped around the bottom of the reeds and mouthpiece and stretched loosely between.