Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pib-be-gwun (love flute)
  • Daniel Red Buffalo
  • pib-be-gwun (love flute), 1960s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cedar wood, paint, buckskin, feathers, sinew?, metal, carving, staining
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 7 x 4.5 x 61.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 24 3/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0043
Description

Light brown flute that is carved at one end to resemble a bird's head with its beak open. There is a mouth hole at one end and five finger holes. There is a raised flue cover lashed on with buckskin between the finger holes and mouth piece. The bird's head is painted green with black eyes and beak and red on the inside of the mouth. There are two white feathers attached with white buckskin near the bird, and there are four long slits cut into the wood at the same end. The flute is made from two rounded pieces of wood that are held together with strips of sinew or synthetic sinew.