- Museum number
Large end-flute: with four evenly spaced holes on one side. The cutting at both ends of the instrument is rough and there appears to have been no attempt at bevelling the mouthpiece; the shaping of the holes is likewise crude. There is a pronounced node about halfway down the instrument and traces of white paint on the surface and a diagonal criss-cross decoration. Traces of resin are visible inside the mouthpiece end of the instrument. The bore is cylindrical and varies considerably.
Diameter: 2.70 centimetres
Length: 44.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- 'A Guide to the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Egyptian Rooms, and the Coptic Room' (1922), p. 212
Anderson, Catalogue of Egyptian Antiquities in the British Museum III, Musical Instruments, p.65-6 no.97, figs.121b, 124.
Manniche, Ancient Egyptian Musical Instruments, (1975), p.16.
Anderson, JEA 63 (1977), p.189.
Howard Vyse, 'Operations Carried out on the Pyramids of Gizeh', (1842), 60, p.212, reports the find of a reed flute near a decayed wooden coffin, in an area conatining more than fifty bodies. Apparently Cat. nos. 101 and 102 come from the same area. The description of the mummies and their decoration suggests late burials.
- On display (G61/dc4/sA)
- fair (cracked, traces of white paint on surface)
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number