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walking stick flute
  • Burkina Faso
  • walking stick flute, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Burkina Faso
  • wood, string, carving, incising, staining
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 93.5 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 36 13/16 x 3 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0107

Walking stick carved from a single piece of wood and stained a dark brown color. Most of the walking stick is smooth and straight, tapering slightly at the bottom and with a brown string tied at a small ridge near the center. At the top, there is a thicker section topped with two stylized horns extending upward. Between the two horns is a round hole that extends into the body but does not have an exit hole or any finger holes. The front side of the horns is decorated with incised pairs of intersecting lines.