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Courting Flute, Plains Indians, Northern Plains Region, 19th/early 20th century

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Courting flute, Plains Indians, Northern Plains Region, 19th/early 20th century

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NMM 4050.  Courting flute, Plains Indians, Northern Plains Region, 19th/early 20th century. End-blown, external duct flute with duck’s head effigy. Branch split, hollowed and assembled using five wire rings and resin to fill gap. Copper chamfer allows limited amount of air to pass from upper to lower air holes. Bullet casing hammered and fit into end of flute as mouthpiece. Brass tack duck eyes. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


Duck Head Effigy

Duck head effigy

Top view of duck head


Saddle

Mouthpiece

Hand-carved, stylized horseback saddle; channel cut into backside of saddle to direct sound; flattened area carved out of flute body to enable saddle to sit securely with little to no air leakage.



Mouthpiece

Mouthpiece Another view of mouthpiece

Text stamped on visible end of bullet casing:  WRA.CO / 25-20 W.C.

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