Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Papua New Guinea
  • flute, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Papua New Guinea
  • wood, bamboo, pigment, cassowary feathers, shell, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a 66 x 4 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a 26 x 1 9/16 x 1 15/16 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 88 x 18 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 34 5/8 x 7 1/16 x 3 7/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0396.a,b

Carved wooden flute, in two parts.

2011.0396.a: Decorated end piece. Carved bird head with a very long beak and shell eyes. Neck is ridged on back and sides. Black with red, white and grey detail. "Male" piece inserts into end of part b without feathers.

2011.0396.b: Cylindrical portion. Wide bands of red and blue-grey. Large wind hole near one end. No finger holes. Feathers on a wrapped plant fiber band at end opposite hole.