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, plant fiber, wire, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 21 x 5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 8 1/4 x 1 15/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3419
Label Text

The carved wooden whistle has a bulbous body and human head. The end opposite the head has a hole, and there is a small cross piece with holes at either end. The human face is elongated and the hairstyle is large and rectangular with "x's" carved on top. There is wire wrapped around the neck. There is a twisted plant fiber cord strung through the neck and knotted. It is dark brown.