Fool's Head Whistle

16th century


Dimensions

5.08 x 3.49 x 3.17 cm (2 x 1 3/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

60.791

Medium or Technique

Ivory; bone

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments

Grinning man’s head turned to right, hooked nose and protuberant chin, teeth delineated, wearing fool’s cap. Back is flat. Hood has turned yellowish. Pink stains. Whistle in back. Three round holes in bottom, one plugged.

Provenance

1960, sold by J. J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York, to the MFA for $700. (Accession Date: June 8, 1960)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Fund