This instrument was acquired by George Bennet between 1822 and 1824. It is a characteristic nose flute from the Pacific Islands, in which the player blows with his nose, rather than with his mouth. The player covers the embouchure hole at the proximal end with one nostril and uses the thumb to close the other nostril while playing. It is made from a single stalk of bamboo, closed with a natural node at the proximal end, with a large embouchure hole and two fingerholes.
Saffron Walden Museum
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- Place of production:
Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia
- Hornbostel-Sachs classification:421.111.12 Open single end-blown flutes with fingerholes
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- Decorative elements:The bamboo surface has thin pokerwork lines connecting the fingerholes.
- Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.111.12 Open single end-blown flutes with fingerholes
- Repository:Saffron Walden Museum
- Measurements:Length: 404mm; Diameter: 30mm