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anthropomorphic double vertical whistle
  • Peru
  • anthropomorphic double vertical whistle, circa 700
  • Where object was made: Peru
  • clay
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 6 5/16 x 1 3/4 x 1 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0088

Flute made from grayish tan clay. There are two air tubes joined in the center, with a single top and mouthpiece. Each tube has two very small finger holes and a flared end. At the top there is a rectangular mouthpiece with a stylized face of two eyes and a pointed nose, with two arms crossed below the nose. The color and texture of the clay is different from the approximate center of the flute to the distal end, which may indicate that the bottom part of the flute is a reconstruction.