Flute

About this object

History of use

These flutes are ceremonially displayed and used as bride price.

Physical description

Flute consisting of a large piece of loose skinned bamboo, bound with two sets of crisscrossing fibre and three cassowary feather rings at the top, middle and bottom. The stop of the flute is a carved kneeling man facing outwards with a crested bird standing behind him with its claws ? resting on the man’s head. The bird has a large extending crest on its head, long groups of feathers hanging from the side of its head and carved stylized detailing on its body. Both the bird and the man have cowrie eyes; the bird also has four tassels down the back. The figures and the fibre ties on the bamboo are covered in a black pigment.