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animal shaped flute replica
  • Mexico
  • animal shaped flute replica, 1950–1973
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 10.5 x 9.5 x 18.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 7 1/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0442

Ceramic flute in the shape of a four legged animal, identified by the donor as an armadillo. Animal's head is the mouthpiece with a hole for the mouth. Two fingerholes on underside of animal's body. Animal has a red head with black detail. Back has four large black spikes down center, grey stripe on either side and red with black crosshatching. Tan underside and short legs. Red and black striped tail.

Smaller holes through front two legs may be for a string.