Friday, September 25, 2015

End Blown Flutes of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Havelock Island in the Andaman Islands

Cane End Blown Flute,
Nicobar Islands, 1800

Palm leaf tied with string near hole at upper end.; 35.6 cm.

Provenance: Harold Reeves, London, 3 Nov. 1922. Formerly in the collections of Mr. T. W. Taphouse, Oxford, and Dr. Thomas Lea Southgate, London.


". . . the Nicobarese have flutes and a kind of guitar made of bamboo.  On my subsequent visit to the Great Nicobar, I obtained an example of what would be more correctly described as a flageolet than a flute, since it was hollow bamboo, blown through at the end, with a reed tied over the first hole."

from Jungle Life in India: Or, The Journeys and Journals of an Indian Geologist by Valentine Ball, 1880 (Link), page 204.

Great Nicobar Island

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