Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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animal shaped whistle
  • unknown Southwestern Native American maker
  • animal shaped whistle, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • ceramic, glazing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 x 6.5 x 2.5 cm width from nose to tail
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2 3/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 in width from nose to tail
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1678

The small ceramic whistle is a light tan. It appears to be a dog-like head on a bird-like body. The base is round. The neck/breast has a grey and orange blotch or chipped or improperly fired glaze. There are holes on either side and the tail is the mouthpiece.