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Whistle

Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta)
Culture:
Samo people
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
L. 15.7 cm (6-3/16 in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Whistle Flute-whistle
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.10.2
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.
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