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Nāy

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Syria
Culture:
Syrian
Medium:
Reed
Dimensions:
L. ±74.7 cm (±29½ in.); Diam(s). ±2.3 cm (±1 in.), ±1.7 cm (±¾ in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Blow Hole-end-blown flute (vertical)
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.432
Not on view
Although used generically for folk flutes, this Arabic term, derived from Persian, refers specifically to bevelled-edged reed flutes of classical music. The reeds vary in length from 12 to 32 inches, usually contain 8 nodes, and should be not less than 3 years old when cut. The musician blows across the sharpened edge while holding the flute at an oblique angle on one side of the mouth. Continuous breathing produces a hauntingly beautiful and seamless melody. The fingers' middle joints cover the holes.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 81.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 81.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 111.



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