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Haida flute
ca. 1850
Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada
Argillite, silver inlay
41.5 x 2.5 x 4 cm
Collected by Lady Franklin

Like panel pipes, early argillite flutes—copies of European recorders—were often decorated with floral patterns, rosettes, and sculptured figures of humans and animals. Argillite flutes can be played.

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