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One of a pair of notched flutes (Horniman Museum numbers M14.3.61/4 and M14.3.61/5), of wood with a carved and burnt-out bore that constricts to a narrow opening at the base. The wedge-shaped head has a U-shaped notched carved out of the centre. Two raised sections at the side of each flute have fingerholes positioned at their centre. Below the heads the necks are constricted and each is tied with a tartan ribbon. The bodies are covered in lizard skin, which has a seam at the back. This example, the shorter of the two pipes has a bulbous section at the distal end that is not covered with skin.


notched flute
Musical Instruments

421.141.12 Open single notch flutes with fingerholes
Broad category
Musical Instruments, Aerophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  notched flute
object name:  Wooden Whistle
common name:  whistle
object name (AAT):  end-blown flute
catalogue title:  421.141.12 Open single notch flutes with fingerholes

Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
Additional place information
made or collected:  Nigeria 
Date made
before 1961
Additional date information
before 1961 
Additional culture information
maker or user:  Igbo 

Materials & techniques
wood; skin; animal fibre; textile
Additional material & technique information
material: wood (overall)
material: skin (overall)
material: textile (overall)
material: animal fibre (overall)
overall: 235 x 52 x 45 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 235 x 52 x 45 mm

Air is directed against the top edge of the tube. The bottom end is open.

Related subjects
maker or user: Igbo
object name (AAT): whistles
object name: notched flutes
title: 421.141.12 Open single notch flutes with fingerholes

Record created 1999-12-26 by EMOWEN
Record last updated 2017-10-23 by XGVIEWS

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