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Medicine man's flute made of bamboo.
Height: 2.60 centimetres
Width: 34.50 centimetres
Depth: 2.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- See Ethdoc 291 - Letter Geraldine Culwick/Braunholtz, 16.12.1934
'... My husband has just got hold of a very interesting thing. It is an elaborately carved flute. There is obviously a rather stylised sable followed by a man, and above them a bow and arrow. But there are other pictures which are nothing more than symbols, most of which one could never imagine meant what they do. A konokono shell (we gave you one) and an arrowhead are recognisable when explained, but there seems no rhyme or reason in the symbols for a giant lizard and a red forest duiker (antelope rarely seen as it lives in very dense bush). The maker said he was shown the symbols by an old Mgindo man. And there is another symbol for bird-tracks. One might almost call it the beginnings of an ideographic script. My husband is g oing to write an article in MAN about it, reproducing the design in two dimensions, and then we will send you the flute. We have never come across anything like it before, but I dare say that is merely because we have been inobservant...'
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number