421.221.12 Open flutes with internal duct with fingerholes

Bamboo end-blown flute. The hole abovethe first four fingerholes is blocked with wax. Cellophane is wrapped around the flute near the distal end and secured with brown string; the cellophane should perhaps cover the first hole, functioning as a buzzing membrane.

The flute is held in both hands with the index and middle fingers covering the four fingerholes. It is played solo by herders when keeping cattle or goats, and in instrumental ensembles. It also accompanies vocal music.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk