Double duct whistle

Possibly Nootka people
late 19th century


Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver Island

Dimensions

Length 26.3 cm, width 8.5 cm, thickness 3.5 cm (Length 10 3/8 in., width 3 3/8 in., thickness 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.2205

Medium or Technique

Red cedar, spruce root

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Classifications

Aerophones

Two cylindrical pipes (of oval cross-section) bound to each other with sinew at proximal end and center. Each whistle constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with strips of cedar bark near distal ends and at centers. Distal ends closed. Seams smeared with pitch. U-shaped window in one pipe and rectangular window in other pipe. Lozenge-shaped embouchure hole in each pipe. Sounds pitches of e’-flat and e’.

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection