Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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figural flute
  • unknown Tairona maker
  • figural flute, 800–1100s CE
  • Where object was made: Colombia
  • ceramic, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 8.5 x 3 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3 3/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0444

Short flute, roughly cylindrical, but with a human head and indication of arms resting on abdomen. Rectangular on figure's chest. Two fingerholes on "legs." Hole on top of head and hole at back of head. Incised facial features. Orange.