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triple vertical whistle flute
  • Mexico
  • triple vertical whistle flute, 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • ceramic, paint, molding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 25.5 x 8.5 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 1/16 x 3 3/8 x 2 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0052

Flute made from reddish brown clay and painted light brown. There is one mouthpiece and three flutes joined together. Two of the flutes are the same length and one is longer. The two shorter flutes have three and two finger holes and the longer flute has one. Below the mouthpiece is a molded human face, possibly wearing a headdress, appliqued to the surface. Identified as a replica of a prehistoric Toltec flute.