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Flute, koauau, of human bone; five holes with three additional holes stopped up on side. Other side has opening divided by a bar. At each end are carved ornaments.
- Production date
Height: 16 centimetres
Width: 2.50 centimetres
Depth: 2.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Non-composite object. Modified human remains. No record of research. Repatriation claim received 2004.
Assessment by Caroline Cartwright, Science Group, CDS, BM, Sept 2006 confirms bone is human.
Flute consisting of a tube of human (?) bone slightly curved, open at both ends with five [unclear word] holes another [unclear] concave side three at an end two at the other where there are three other holes which have been pegged. Ornamental design at each end. On the convex side is a looped hole for suspension.
Found on back Road
L 6 1/4" '
Starzecka, Neich and Pendergrast 2010
499 Plate 90
End-blown straight flute, koauau
1850.2-6.1. Length 16 cm.
Human-bone flute: dark; recessed lug. Five finger holes and two more plugged; Janus face at both ends, one very rudimentary, other with pakura.
Provenance: Purchased from P. Whelan.
Register: ‘Found at Chalk Road, Islington (New Zealand).’
Comments: Northern, mid nineteenth century (RN).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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