Dedougou or Tougan region, Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta)
L. 28 cm (11-1/16 in.)
Funds from various donors, 1976
Not on view
Sub-Saharan whistles, which may produce three or four notes, are used by musical groups and for signaling by hunters. When played in groups, the whistles sound in alternation in the manner of European hand-bell ensembles, with each performer producing a different pitch or pitches. A voice might also supply certain notes.
"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 25, ill.