Published on the Facebook page of our friend Mr. Hisaaki Matsui, this original shape nose flute was made by Mr. Sawada, potter settled in the Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
It is made of clay, for sure, and has a flat "saddle" shape (hyperbolic paraboloid), which is quite interesting. Please note the different pairs of holes: the bottom one is probably used with a cord to have the flute hanging around your neck, "ready to play". The double top pair is, as I guess, destined to hold the hanabue on your face, with the cord passing in from the back and out from the front of 2 close holes, avoiding to pass the cord upon the whole width of the flute (and thus masking it). Am I right?
Very nice flute, indeed.
Photographs by Mr. Hisaaki Matsui.