Height: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Diameter: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Purchase, Gift of Elizabeth M. Riley, by exchange, 2000
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
"Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1999-2000." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (2000), pg. 72, ill.