Knochenflöte Willisau Collection

In 1991, during excavation works in Luzern, a medieval archeological layer was unearthed. This layer was dated to a period comprised between the second halve of the 14th and the first halve of the 15th centuries. Numerous objects were found in it, including a very well preserved bone flute („Knochenflöte“ in german) now preserved at the Willisau Instrument Collection (www.musikinstrumentensammlung.ch).

Original


This instrument was carefully measured and photographed by 3D Music Instruments and transformed into a 3D-model.

Render


The flute was presumably a recorder, which wooden block was not preserved the way the bone was. By using 3D-modeling and 3D-printing we have reconstructed an hypothetical block in order to make the recorder playable again.

New version 2


Alternative versions of the flute were also modeled, once without a labium (which allows for it to be played as a primitive whistle), once with a more delicate recorder-style labium and once with a traverse-style embouchure (which allows it to be played like a traverse).

New version 1


The following gallery presents the original flute alongside its replica. 

Knochenflöte Willisau 1
Knochenflöte Willisau 2
Knochenflöte Willisau 3
Knochenflöte Willisau 4
Knochenflöte Willisau 5
Knochenflöte Willisau 6
Knochenflöte Willisau 7
Knochenflöte Willisau 8
Knochenflöte Willisau 9
Knochenflöte Willisau 10



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