Sacred Flute, Middle Sepik River Papua New Guinea. Flutes are generally used in pairs on ceremonial occasions and initiations. The sound they make is considered to be the voice of clan spirits and they can only be played by initiated men. Women, children, and uninitiated men are not allowed to see the flutes being played. The images atop the flutes are ancestor figures and clan totems.
This great flute from the middle Sepik River village of Kamanabit has an elaborately carved origin myth hornbill standing on top of the primordial crocodile. Custom mounted. The bamboo has a lateral split but is solid. The piece stands 37.5 inches tall.
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