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date: 06 December 2019

Kaulo švilpynėlocked

  • Arvydas Karaška


Bone duct flute of Lithuania. Several have been excavated from castle mounds of the 1st millennium bce. They are made from tubular bones of birds, with both ends open; some might have been endblown without a duct. Fragments of kaulo švilpynė found in the mound at Norkūnai are 54 mm long and 9 to 13 mm in diameter. Two fingerholes through the tube can be seen in the top and bottom sections, and traces of a third can be seen at the fracture point. Most examples have three or four fingerholes. The instrument is thought to have had a magic function and to have been used by hunters for signalling. Similar bone flutes have been found in neighbouring countries....

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