Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • whistle, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, staining, string, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 9.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 3 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 1 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3418
Label Text

The small wooden whistle has a human head, and a bulbous bird-like body with a cross piece near the bottom that has holes at either end. The figure has elaborately styled hair with a prominent two-part projection on top. There is string through the neck. It is dark brown.