Three flutes, two of bamboo, one of black wood. Three tubes bound with waxed silk, ornamented with tassels. Eleven holes in each: one to blow through, one covered with a thin reedy membrane, six players, three others at end for attaching silk ornaments. Fingering same as other flutes. Both ends have bone finials and the head is engraved and coloured with rocks, flowering plants, stork and Chinese characters; Chinese characters in black ink are also found on the head finial. The centre of balance is approximately where the embouchure hole is.
Royal College of Music Museum
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- Measurements:Length: 676mm
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