Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pota (whistle)
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • pota (whistle), late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • palo santo wood, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 57.5 x 16.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 22 5/8 x 6 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5323

The wooden rectangle has a rectangular hole on one long side. It has a twisted plant fiber cord through the other long side. It is dark brown but otherwise undecorated.

The whistle is used to call the bird god Asojna. It is blown only by men. Sound is created by blowing across the hole on the side.