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Duct whistle

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Cylindrical body of eagle bone with U-shaped window. Duct block formed of pitch (?). Cord of red dyed leather wrapped above and below window, with long carrying loop suspended at same point.


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

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Unknown people, 1850–1900

Object Place

Great Plains region, United States


Length 12.8 cm, diameter 0.7 cm (Length 5 1/16 in., diameter 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones