Whistle (sk-a'na, possibly after 19th-century Haida people type)

about 1903


Object Place: Washington, DC, United States

Dimensions

Length 34.9 cm, width 7.3 cm, thickness 6.2 cm (Length 13 3/4 in., width 2 7/8 in., thickness 2 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.2211

Medium or Technique

Red cedar, twine

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Classifications

Aerophones

Bottle-shaped body (of oval cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound with twine near each end and at center. Distal end open. Seams sealed with pitch. Rectangular window and embouchure hole. Sounds pitch of f’-sharp.

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