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anthropomorphic whistle
  • Totonac peoples
  • anthropomorphic whistle, 1200–1500
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • ceramic
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 11.5 x 7 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1 15/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0059

Whistle made from light brown clay, in the shape of a human figure wearing a very large headdress. The details of the figure are molded into the clay. The figure has a detailed face and wears ear ornaments and a necklace. The headdress is rounded and made with large, feather-like shapes. The body has very little detail and has small half circles for feet at the bottom. The flute is concave, and has a very simple whistle projecting from the back.