Duct whistle

Unknown people
1850–1900


Object Place: United States, Great Plains region

Dimensions

Length 16.7 cm, diameter 1.5 cm (Length 6 9/16 in., diameter 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1984.318

Medium or Technique

Bone, wood, feathers

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Cylindrical body of eagle-wing (?) bone with V-shaped window. Duct block of wood. Carrying cord of leather (length 420 mm) tied just below window. Two eagle “fluffy” feathers suspended near center by long cords of leather. One eagle “fluffy” feather and small tuft of eagle down dyed red, bound near distal end with sinew.

Provenance

1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund