Papua New Guinean (Tolai People)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

In many parts of the Sepik River and Highlands regions of Papua New Guinea, men create sacred flutes from bamboo. These side-blown flutes can only be played by men in ceremonial contexts and may not even be seen by women and children. This example was the voice of a type of spirit called brag.

Flute, Bamboo, Papua New Guinean (Tolai People)

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