Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cross flute
  • unknown Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) maker
  • cross flute, circa 1970
  • Where object was made: Hawaii, United States
  • bamboo, string, beads, dyeing
  • Object Length/Diameter: 36.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 14 3/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0080

Flute made from a thick brown piece of bamboo. There are eight finger holes, some not in direct alignment, and one breath hole near the closed end. There are four bands of black string with a thin red border wrapped around the flute, one at each end and two more slightly in from the ends. There is a thick black string that is tied to each end and may have been for carrying. Near the breath hole there are two small tassles, each with a small bamboo tubular bead and a red bead.