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Early 20th C. African Bamana Wooden Flute

West Africa, Mali, Bamana peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. A lovely flute, hand-carved from hard wood, with a rectangular body and a tapering, conical handle with a small perforated suspension hole. The top of the body is slanted with a central blowing hole, and a small perforation on each side enables the flute player to adjust the tone of the produced sound. The instrument is covered in a lustrous dark-brown patina, and is still playable. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 1.725" W x 5" H (4.4 cm x 12.7 cm); 6.125" H (15.6 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age and use, small nicks to top, body, and handle, and some roughness around blow and tone holes. Light earthen deposits and great patina throughout. Instrument is still playable and produces nice sound.

Provenance: private Los Angeles, California USA Collection, ex-Charles Miller, St. James, New York

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