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Standing drum with zig-zag lashing. Drum skin made from shark skin fastened with plaited cord of coconut fibres stretched from the cover to the ring-like pedestal.

Drum pahu

wood, shark skin, coconut fibre, Tahiti and the Society Islands, h. 32.5 cm, d. 27 cm, Inv. Oz 410

Flute made of long bone, perforated on one side.

Flute koauau

bone, New Zealand, l. 9.3 cm, w. 1.4 cm, Inv. Oz 302

Flute made of light brown wood, embellished with spiral patterns in dots and lines, with a mother-of-pearl plate and three holes, at one end with the remains of a twisted cord.

Flute koauau

wood, paua shell, plant fibre, New Zealand, l. 16 cm, w. 2.5 cm, Inv. Oz 324

Flute made of wood with two halves mounted together. A carving at the lower closed end and the upper open end is a human head with mother-of-pearl eyes and an extended tongue.

Flute putorino

wood, paua shell, plant fibre, New Zealand, l. 72.5 cm, w. 6.5 cm, Inv. Oz 325

Gamestone made of stone and polished. Its formed into a round shape with flat sides.

Gamestone ‘ulu maika

Hawaii, h. 3.2 cm, d. 8 cm, Inv. Oz 221

Model of a canoe made of wood with a beak like bow and steeply raised stem, replicating the Nootka dugout canoes that were thirteen metres long.

Model of a boat

wood, Nootka Sound, northern Pacific, l. 32 cm, w. 6.8 cm, h. 4.4 cm, Inv. Am 831

A bamboo nose flute, closed at both ends. It has six holes along the stem: three are in a row, one at each end, and the other in the middle.

Nose flute fangufangu

bamboo, Tonga, l. 52 cm, d. 3.5 cm, Inv. Oz 407

Nose flute made from a piece of bamboo cane

Nose flute vivo

bamboo, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 43.5 cm, d. 3.5 cm, Inv. Oz 408

Two nose flutes made from a piece of bamboo cane.

Nose flutes vivo

bamboo, Tahiti and the Society Islands, l. 37.5 cm, d. 2.5 cm; l. 43.5 cm, d. 3.5 cm, Hanover 1854, No. 13

Panpipe consisting of nine bamboo segments arranged in one plane next to each other. The bamboo segments are bound together with plant fibre strips.

Panpipe

bamboo, plant fibre, Vanuatu, l. 3.9–12.7 cm, d. 0.5–1 cm, Inv. Oz 156

Panpipes made of bamboo and consists of nine single pipes varied in length bound together with three wrappings of coconut fibre.

Panpipes mimiha

bamboo, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 16–27 cm, w. 9.8 cm, Inv. Oz 157

Panpipes made of bamboo and consists of ten single pipes varied in length bound together with two wrappings of coconut fibre.

Panpipes mimiha

bamboo, plant fibre, Tonga, l. 15–22.5 cm, w. 8.5 cm, Inv. Oz 158