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flauta de pico replica (flute)
  • Mexico
  • flauta de pico replica (flute), late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico
  • ceramic
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 14 x 15 x 29 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 11 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0542

Ceramic flute that has an animal figure on top, identified by the donor as an iguana. The flute is cylindrical with two wing-like extensions near the mouthpiece. The wings are pressed with an intricate curlicue design and there is a human figure in between. He appears to have his arms spread wide and wears a headdress, straight hair, necklace, and ear frontals. The possible iguana has four legs, is sitting vertically, and has a bird-like tail with a comb on its head. It has pressed stylized feathers on the tops of the arms.

There are four fingerholes on the undecorated portion of the flute behind the animal. It has a light orange and grey mottled surface.