This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Jun 29, 2012

A Persian nose flute

Jenny is a young black cat, and she prepares to celebrate Halloween with her friends, and to watch the witches sliding from the mountains of the moon. Jenny's Moonlight Adventure is an illustrated book by Esther Averill, first published in 1949. Thanks to YW to have made me known its existence.

So, the cats make a party, and the diva Madame Butterfly, a persian cat, will perform a nose flute concert! Well, she would have, because while going to the party, she had an accident, and lost her nose flute...

Well, if you want to know how the story continues and if there is a happy ending... you just need to buy the book and, by the way, support quality publications!

No, let's see this Persian cristal nose flute...

The persian nose flute has a very original shape, totally designed for a cat usage. It's a short cylinder of crystal with 2 nose plugs in order to avoid air leaks. One can see 3 little holes on it, which could indicate that it is not totally paws-free (Or are they a triple mouth hole?)

What is very interesting, is that kittens encounter the same ergonomical problem that we do, regarding the nose flute shapes. We know that instruments perfectly fitting Asian noses physionomy do not fit well European noses, and vice-versa.
Cats are not spared by such ethnic singularities, it seems, which occur between western and eastern world...

This book is a must have for any nose flute lover!


  1. How smart and how true: the differences in nose-mouth configuration!!!

    A nose flute made of crystal: recently I actually contacted several glass artisans in order to have a glass nose flute produced, but this one here is already from 1949! Such a shame it got lost...!;-)

    Although this wonderful feline flute or'Cat-a-tone' appears to be a handsfree 'plug'that is simlar in size to our beloved instrument, I am afraid that the holes showing are keyholes indeed. Therefore this nose flute might as well be discarded from this blog...

    Having said that: the instrument doesn't require finger play, but paw-play rather... For that reason it could be given the benefit of the doubt...

  2. Hahahaha! "Cat-a-Tone"!! very well found, Mister Mei!
    Yes, it's needed some pawing to be played... let's regard it as an exception in this blog!