Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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love flute
  • unknown Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) maker
  • love flute, circa 1964
  • Where object was made: United States
  • walnut wood, bark, carving, burning
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 39.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 15 9/16 x 1 x 1 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2015.0076

Flute carved from wood, with a small carving near the mouthpiece, identified as a bird or chipmunk figure, wrapped with thin strips of bark. More strips of bark are wrapped around the distal end. The length of the flute is decorated with rows of small burned ovals arranged end to end.