Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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two pieces for a bellows whistle
  • Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) peoples
  • two pieces for a bellows whistle, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, metal, paint, string, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a 18 x 6 x 18 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a 7 1/16 x 2 3/8 x 7 1/16 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b 16 x 6 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b 6 1/4 x 2 3/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5574.a,b

The carved wooden bird's head (2007.5574.a) is red with a black beak. Grooves are cut around the silver colored metal eyes and down the top and back of the head and neck. The grooves are blocks of natural color and black. There are black markings on top of the head. The end of the neck is unpainted and tapers to a flat point.

The brown wooden single-toned whistle (2007.5574.b) is rectangular with rounded corners. One short end of the rectangle is smaller to act as a mouthpiece, with a large whistle hole. The opposite short end is open. Two pieces of wood are used to make the whistle and are bound together with string.