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Courting Flute, Pueblo Nation, New Mexico, late 19th century

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Courting flute, Pueblo Nation, New Mexico, late 19th century

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NMM 872.  Courting flute, Pueblo Nation, New Mexico, late 19th century. End-blown, external duct flute with serpent effigy. Branch split, hollowed and assembled using twine wrappings, resin fills gaps. Two metal chamfers, one copper and one lead, held in place by stylized serpent saddle, allowing limited amount of air to pass from upper to lower air holes. Hand-carved wooden serpent, painted green, wraps six-and-a-half times around length of flute shaft; finger holes carved in between coils of serpent. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


Snake Carving on Saddle and Shaft

Saddle Snake head carved on shaft of flute


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Mouthpiece Mouthpiece

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