Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Bororo maker
  • whistle, 1970s
  • Where object was made: Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • reed, plant fiber, string, parrot feathers
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 52 x 7 x 5 cm length includes loop
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 9/16 x 2 3/4 x 1 15/16 in length includes loop
  • Gift of Haskell Springer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6528

The short length of reed is covered with narrow strips of light natural plant fibers and wrapped at regular intervals with black string to form stripes, chevrons, and "X's." There are clusters of white, yellow, and grey feathers at either end and in the middle. There is a twisted plant fiber string loop at one end.