Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Bolivia
  • tarka, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Bolivia
  • mahogany wood, carving, staining
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 50 x 4 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 19 11/16 x 1 9/16 x 1 9/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0087

Large flute carved from wood, with a square cross-section. The flute is decorated on three sides with relief carving, and undecorated on the back. Near the breath hole, there is a carving of a human figure wearing a headdress and holding a panpipe up to his mouth.There are six finger holes, with relief carvings of triangles and stepped lines, stained in red, yellow, and green. At the end, there is a carving of an animal's face with tall ears or horns at the top and pointed teeth in the mouth.