Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cross flute
  • Aaron Korkoyia
    active: Liberia
  • cross flute, 1974
  • Where object was made: Liberia
  • piassava (palm) reed, beeswax, staining
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 4 x 2.5 x 51.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 9/16 x 1 x 20 1/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0075

Flute made from a thick piece of reed that has been stained a green-gray color on the outside. Three square finger holes are cut into the distal end. At the mouth end, the reed is closed off with a black substance, identified by the donor as beeswax, and the beeswax is built up on either side of the breath hole into a triangular form.