Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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love flute
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • love flute
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cedar wood, buckskin, metal, beading, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 53.5 x 3.5 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 21 1/16 x 1 3/8 x 2 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0110

Flute made from cedar wood in a light brown color. There are six finger holes and the distal end has other holes carved around the circumference of the flute in two rows. There is a flue above the finger holes carved in the shape of a stylized bird and sitting over a metal plate. Around the body of the flute there are three bands of beadwork that are done in a "peyote stitch" and are in varying widths. The two wider bands are done in nested zig zag lines in varying shades of blue, orange, maroon, white, and black. The thinnest strip at the end is done in shades of blue, with orange, maroon, and white borders. There are three long, thin strips of white buckskin that are tied around the body of the flute.