- Museum number
End-blown straight flute, koauau, made of human bone. Three finger holes on the same side, the upper two holes are separated from the lower hole by a protruding suspension hole. A Janus face at both ends and incised decoration, with red sealing wax in the eye sockets.
- Production date
- 1800-1830 (?)
Length: 16.70 centimetres
Width: 2.30 centimetres
Depth: 1.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Modified human remains.
The register and associated registration slips for Oc.1715 and Oc.1716 describe this flute inaccurately as a "war pipe".
Oc.1716 registration slip reads: 'War pipe, bone slightly curved, the ends carved into double faces the eyes have a red circlet it has a loop cut & 3 holes. Length 6 5/8 in.'
Assessment of Oc.1716 by Caroline Cartwright, Science Group, CDS, BM, Sept 2006 identifies the bone as human (not previously recorded as being human).
References: Edge-Partington 1969 i: 387.3.
Comments made by Roger Neich; Northern, early nineteenth century and by Dorota Starzecka; Northland, c.1830.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc186?C1.1715-1716 (old CDMS no.)