Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item KMS_DE-977-001-001 - Flute

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CA KMS KMS_DE-977-001-001

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The body of the flute is in the shape of angel wings. The body of the flute is composed of two flat sides with 4cm edges running all the way around the object. The top of the flute is flat with rounded side that curve at the tips. The bottom curves upward in a V shape with bumps running along there edges. The V shape forms the hollow opening of the flute and allows sound to be made. The entire flute body is painted a bright red color which has a shiny finish. Painted onto the front side of the flute in gold paint and with much detail are two presumably peacock birds and a flower. The birds tail feather are spread wide as are their wings and the flower is in-between them. Inserted into the flat top of the flute are the wooden pipes which generate sound when blown on. These pipes are cylindrical with a semi-circle opening at the top and a square opening on the side. They are made of wood and are dark brown with a glossy finish. There are sixteen pipes in total a few of which are loose. The pipes are all placed through holes in the top of the flute and the bottoms of them can be seen when looking into the flutes interior. The bottoms of the pipes vary in length and are exposed raw wood. Also in the interior there are two cream colored paper labels on the inside flute which have Chinese lettering on them.

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Okanagan Heritage Museum

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142.7 KiB


November 5, 2015 3:20 PM

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