Quintuple duct whistle

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: United States or Canada, Northwest Coast region


Length 38.8 cm, width 12 cm, thickness 6 cm (Length 15 1/4 in., width 4 3/4 in., thickness 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red cedar, sinew

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Flattened bottle-shaped body (of roughly U-shaped cross-section) constructed of two hollowed out halves of red cedar (?), bound together with twisted sinew near each end and with cedar bark strips above and below largest windows. Distal end closed. Seams smeared with pitch. Two crescent-shaped windows and three rectangular-shaped. Five embouchure holes of various shapes. Sounds pitches of d’, d’, d”, d”, and f”-sharp.


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