Duct whistle

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: United States, Great Plains region


Length 12 cm, diameter 1.7 cm (Length 4 3/4 in., diameter 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bone, leather, seed beads

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Cylindrical body of eagle bone wrapped with sinew and leather, fringed at distal end. Distal end of bone broken off. Body wrapped with rows of dark blue, yellow, and red seed beads. V-shaped window. Duct block formed of pitch. Long carrying cord of leather, wrapped with strips of orange dyed porcupine quill (?), tied to proximal end.


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