On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

Flutes appear in most parts of Oceania. They are predominantly made of bamboo and can be side-blown, like Western flutes, or end-blown. The kōauau flutes of Aotearoa (New Zealand) were often beautifully and intricately carved and suspended from the neck as personal adornment when not being played.

Kooauau, wood, Maori

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