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End-blown flute

This instrument was collected in the field by Percy Horace Gordon and Hannah Powell-Cotton. It is a small end-blown flute, or whistle ("oogwana"), made of wood with a conical shape, having a small and slanted exit hole at the pointed end, and three fingerholes. The player blows through the larger open end of the tube. There is a strap cord attached to a carved protuberance, to which is attached a decorated warthog tusk ("kill") stuffed with vegetable fibers. The end of the strap cord is knitted into a bell-shaped cap that fits around the wide end of the tusk.

  • Culture:Luo
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  • Decorative elements:The tusk is decorated with a pattern of incised circle-dot motifs.
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.111.12 Open single end-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:Powell-Cotton Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 150mm; Tusk length: 123mm