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serpent shaped triple vertical whistle
  • Jorge Daher Guerra
    active: Mexico
  • serpent shaped triple vertical whistle, 1950–1971
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • ceramic, molding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 29 x 23 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 7/16 x 9 1/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0061

Flute made from light brown clay. It is in the shape of one long snake that is coiled into a tight "S" shape so that the body is joined to itself at two contact points, creating three parallel flutes. At the top of the flute, next to the snake's head is a human head with a headdress, which functions as a single mouthpiece for all three flutes.