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huilacapiztli (flute)
  • Guatemala
  • huilacapiztli (flute)
  • Where object was made: Guatemala
  • ceramic
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 4.5 x 5.5 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 1 3/4 x 2 1/8 x 2 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0668

This is a ceramic whistle in the shape of a stylized bird. The globular portion is the bird's body, the head is a small conical projection. The tail is the mouthpiece, and the whistle hole is on the underside of the body. One wing is spread, the other has been broken off. The bird's beak is also lost.