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anthropomorphic whistle
  • Mexico
  • anthropomorphic whistle, 150 BCE–1 BCE
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • clay
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 9.5 x 5 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3 3/4 x 1 15/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0071
Description

Whistle made from light reddish tan terracotta. The whistle is shaped like a human figure that has a very small body with legs apart and the arms wrapped around to the navel, where there is a hole. Above that there is a very large head with heavily exaggerated features and a large headdress at the top. On the back of the whistle, the mouthpiece is made from a cone-shaped extension of the terracotta.