Kasengosengo (whistle)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

Sub-Saharan whistles draw attention to special events like the arrival of a king and convey messages or signal during hunts. In ensembles, each whistle may sound at a specific time to form a melody. Whistles are crafted in traditional forms. Though the whistle's carved images are inverted when played, the depictions may add to its prestige.

Kasengosengo (whistle), Wood, Chokwe

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