On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

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.

Nāy, Reed, Syrian

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