Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Austria
  • ocarina, late 1800s–1940
  • Where object was made: Austria
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 20.5 x 11 x 8 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 8 1/16 x 4 5/16 x 3 1/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0553

The ceramic flute has a rounded body that tapers sharply at one end, and more gently at the other. There is a projection that emerges near the sharply tapered end with one hole for a mouthpiece. There are two sets of fingerholes on the top surface a row of three near the mouth piece, and a row of four which is slightly offset from the first row, and located more closely to the gently tapered end. There are two holes on the undersurface. One at the base of the projection and a second closer to the end, to be covered with the thumb. The body is covered with green paint though the ends are both embellished with a gold flower. There are two stamps in the clay which have been painted gold.