The nguru is a traditional Maori end-blown flute that is carved from a single piece of native wood. It has four raised fingerholes of which one is an up-turned snout end, meaning that this instrument can be played by both mouth, in the manner of the kooauau, and nose blowing, through this snouted hole. Considering that the small fingerhole at the end of the tube is currently plugged with a resinous substance, the instrument might have been last used as a nose-flute.
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- Hornbostel-Sachs classification:421.111.22 Stopped single end-blown flutes with fingerholes
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- Decorative elements:Maori pattern design carved throughout.
- Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.111.22 Stopped single end-blown flutes with fingerholes
- Repository:Powell-Cotton Museum
- Measurements:Length: 200mm