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This instrument was collected in the field by Percy Horace Gordon and Hannah Powell-Cotton. It is an end-blown flute, or whistle ("lalego"), made of gourd in which the player blows against the larger open end of the gourd. This end has two lumps of a dark resin mixture to assist with the proper embouchure to produce sound. There is one fingerhole carved on the side of the gourd and one exit hole at the narrower end. A small loop of twine is attached to the gourd, for a strap.

  • Culture:Lango
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  • Decorative elements:The gourd is incised with geometric patterns of crisscross triangles and rectangles.
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.111.12 Open single end-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:Powell-Cotton Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 117mm