Found throughout the world and during every epoch, the flute family is extremely diverse. Roughly speaking, there are two main categories: those without duct, the category to which the transverse flute belongs, and those with duct like the recorder. Flutes were mostly made of wood before being made of metal, but the mim collection also holds examples made of ivory, crystal and even marble. One extraordinary example stands out in the recorder collection: it is an alto recorder in the form of a Doric column dating from the Renaissance. The capital overhangs the column pierced with finger holes, supported by a moulded foot. The insufflating hole is located at the back of the capital.

column shaped recorder