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Whistle with Carved Design of Long-beaked Water Bird

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Wood, birchbark, sinew, pigment, brass
  • Possible Place Collected: Fort Snelling, Minnesota, United States
  • DATES early 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 36 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 7/8 in. (92.7 x 6.4 x 2.2 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Chippewa (Anishinaabe). Whistle with Carved Design of Long-beaked Water Bird, early 19th century. Wood, birchbark, sinew, pigment, brass, 36 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 7/8 in. (92.7 x 6.4 x 2.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.91. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.67.91_view1_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 50.67.91_view1_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Long, thin whistle with only one hole in the beak of a bird with metal tacks for eyes. The bird's head is carved at the end and painted blue-green on the outside and red on the inside. The nostril slits are also painted red. The stop is a piece of birch bark held in place with a sinew wrapping. Jarvis (the collector) original inscription reads, "Indian Flute Chippeway."
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