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Duct whistle

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Cylindrical body of crane bone with rectangular window. Duct block formed of pitch. Surface incised with geometric designs and human figure ("star-gazer") standing on hut with stars above. Orange (woodpecker), dark green (mallard), and brown feathers tied on with sinew near distal end. Suspended...

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1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Pomo people, mid-19th century

Object Place

Northern California, United States


Length 19.9 cm, diameter 1.6 cm (Length 7 13/16 in., diameter 5/8 in.)

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Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones