Art/ Collection/ Art Object


19th century
United States
Native American (Oglala Lakota, Sioux)
Wood, quill, sinew
25 9/16 × 1 3/8 in. (65 × 3.5 cm)
Aerophone-Whistle Flute-whistle
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
Not on view
Whistle with the end carved in the form of a bird's head. Sound is generated by a current of air striking the sharp edge of a piece of split quill placed over the opening in the side of the pipe. Such whistles are used at the ceremonial Crane Dance.
Marking: "Sioux" printed in black ink on back of flute. Catalogue states: that flute was used in the ceremongy known as the Crane Dance, Vol II, p. 118
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Oceanica and America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1913, vol. II, pg. 118.

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