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, wire, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 30 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 1 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3420

The small carved wooden whistle has a bulbous body and a human head. The end opposite the head has a large hole, probably the mouthpiece, and a cross piece with a small hole at either end. The wire is wrapped just above this crosspiece. The head has a strange face, a hairstyle decorated with a grid-like pattern and two small projections, though one is missing. A string runs through a small hole in the neck. It is dark brown.