- Museum number
Flute (koauau) made of human bone; three finger-holes. Decorative carving along top surface.
- Production date
- 19th century (early)
Length: 17 centimetres
Depth: 2.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Non-composite object. Modified human remains. No record of research. Repatriation claim received 2004.
Registration book entry: 'Carved bone flute: 3 holes' No mention here of bone being human.
Assessment by Caroline Cartwright, Science Group, CDS, BM, Sept 2006 confirms bone is human.
Starzecka, Neich and Pendergrast 2010
498 Plate 90
End-blown straight flute, koauau
1896-930. Length 16.5 cm.
Human-bone flute: Janus face at both ends; side with three finger holes plain; rest carved with figures and faces with no surface decoration; lug built into one of faces.
Provenance: Presented by A.W. Franks, 14 August 1896.
Comments: Bay of Islands, early nineteenth century.
Given by Ngapuhi chief Titore to Captain Sadler of HMS Buffalo in 1833–4; Franks obtained it from Captain Sadler’s daughter.
See Register entry for 271 (hei-tiki, 1896- 925).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1896C3.930 (old CDMS no.)