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crop blessing flute
  • unknown Abelam maker
  • crop blessing flute, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Papua New Guinea or West New Guinea
  • seed, pigment, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: 11.5 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 4 1/2 x 1 15/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0066

Oblong, dark brown seed that has been hollowed out. There is a hole at one end and one hole in the side. The exterior surface is covered with incised decorations shaped like curving stems and scrolls, with cross-hatching between those areas. The incised lines are filled with red pigment, possibly ochre.