End-blown whistle

Possibly Western Voltaic group
about 1920


Object Place: Possibly Western Burkina Faso

Dimensions

Length 29.8 cm, width 4.6 cm (Length 11 3/4 in., width 1 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1984.298

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Slender conical body of dark wood terminating in bulbous head. Base of head has two carved rings, sides have two small holes opposite each other, and top has circular embouchure hole surrounded by carved lips in shape of fish mouth. Lozenge-shaped fingerhole (?) near distal end, and hole with short loop of twined plant fiber. Remnants of bug (?) inside.

Provenance

Before 1984, Tony Vacca, Whately, Massachusetts; by 1984, sold by Vacca to Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts; 1984, sold by Deihl to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund