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whistle pendant and scraper
  • unknown Shona maker
  • whistle pendant and scraper, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • ivory, iron, leather
  • Object Length/Width: 8.5 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 3 3/8 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0848

This is an ivory whistle and iron scraper strung on a leather cord. The ivory whistle is cylindrical, decorated with bands of triangles made from smaller dark triangles. The scraper is leaf-shaped and the stem is decorated with incised lines on one side.