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bird shaped vertical whistle flute
  • Ronald Bison
    active: United States
  • bird shaped vertical whistle flute, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, pigment, buckskin, metal, carving, staining
  • Object Length/Diameter: 42 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 16 9/16 x 1 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2015.0090

Flute carved from a single piece of wood and stained a dark brown color. The distal end is carved into the shape of a bird's head with a long, open beak. The recesses of the relief carving are filled with red pigment. The flue has a small metal cover attached with a strip of light buckskin.