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shakuhachi (flute)
  • Japan
  • shakuhachi (flute), circa 1959
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • bamboo, paint, silk, dyeing
  • Object Length/Diameter: assembled 56 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: assembled 22 1/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0379.a,b,c

Bamboo flute in three parts.
2011.0379.a: top portion with one finger hole, painted red. Bottom has a ring of glossy black paint.
2011.0379.b: bottom portion with three fingerholes, each painted red and the interior is red. Top has a tab that inserts into part a. The tab and the top band are painted glossy black.
2011.0379.c: small green silk cylindrical pillow, inserted into the end of the top portion.

Flute is light natural colored except where noted.