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bird shaped whistle
  • Guatemala
  • bird shaped whistle, late 1800s–1961
  • Where object was made: Chichicastenango, Quiché, Guatemala
  • ceramic, glazing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 4 x 3 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 9/16 x 1 1/8 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of Allen A. Heflin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6381

The small whistle is in the shape of a bird with its wings and legs tucked. Most of the bird is glossy green, except for the bottom. There is a hole in the breast for the mouthpiece and a second hole in the underside for the whistle.