Flute (Fake)



A wooden flute carved in the shape of a human figure (head and upper body, no arms or legs) tapering towards the bottom. There are two holes in the front, one in the middle and one near the bottom, and a second face below the middle hole. The eyes are shell-inlaid. The surface decoration is based on haehae (grooves) and pakati (dog's tooth notches), mainly on the back and the upper and lower parts of the front. The faces have quite simple carved decoration, with a three-lobed koru (hooked bulbed motif) on the forehead of the upper one, which has a protruding tongue. The 'flute' is hollow throughout.