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Courting Flute, Mescalero Apache, Arizona, late 19th century
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NMM 871. Courting flute, Mescalero Apache, Arizona, late 19th century. End-blown, external duct flute with stylized wooden bird saddle. Branch split, hollowed, and assembled using resin to fill gaps. Shallow groove carved into underside of saddle allowing limited amount of air to pass from upper to lower air holes. End of flute carved as duck head with beak, nostrils and eyes in black accents. Line-drawn butterfly below mouthpiece and near end, outlined in black with red accents on wings and antennae. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.
Duck Head Carving