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Double Whistle

7th–9th century
Pottery, paint
Height: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) Diameter: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Aerophone-Whistle Flute
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Elizabeth M. Riley, by exchange, 2000
Accession Number:
Not on view
This pottery whistle is in the form of a bird standing on two legs and a tail. It is a double whistle, with two internal and separate sounding chambers. The lower chamber, located in the body of the bird, is sounded through a mouthpiece located in the tail. This chamber has a single finger hole on the front of the bird's belly allowing for two pitches to be produced. A second, smaller, chamber is found in the head of the bird and is activated through a mouthpiece protruding from behind the ears.
P. Brown , Albuquerque, NM
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, p. 38-39, ill.

"Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1999-2000." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (2000), pg. 72, ill.

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