Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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nyele (flute)
  • unknown Tonga maker
  • nyele (flute), late 1800s–1972
  • Where object was made: Zimbabwe
  • impala horn, monitor skin, wax, paint
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 19 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 7 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0400

Short, slightly curved instrument, wider at at one end. Narrow end of flute wrapped with lizard skin. The ends are painted black, the middle portion (including the lizard skin) are painted in wide red and white bands.