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Bag-blown whistle (after 19th-century Haida people type)

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Flattened spherical body constructed of two hollowed out halves of wood with duct in slender neck. Front half carved as face with large U-shaped hole at nose position for exit of air. Small roughly circular hole in forehead, possibly for use as fingerhole. Seams smeared with pitch. Bellows of...

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Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection


Object Place

Washington, DC, United States


Length 53.5 cm, width 22.9 cm, thickness 16.1 cm (Length 21 1/16 in., width 9 in., thickness 6 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red cedar, animal bladder


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones