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animal shaped whistle
  • Southwestern peoples
  • animal shaped whistle, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • ceramic, glazing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 x 7.5 x 3 cm width from nose to tail
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2 3/4 x 2 15/16 x 1 1/8 in width from nose to tail
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1681

The small ceramic whistle has a bird-like body and dog-like head. The body is light tan with spots of red on the right ear, the back of the neck, and the left side. The neck/breast has a blotchy white, grey, red spot. The tail is dark grey and looks to be burned. There are two holes on either side. The tail is the mouthpiece.