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Whistle, 1964

This is a whistle. It is dated 1964 and we acquired it in 1964. Its medium is incised earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Figural clay whistles have been made in Mexico since the time of the ancient Maya civilization, when whistles and rattles were buried as grave goods with the dead.

It is credited Gift of Edward L. Kallop Jr..

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 13.5 × 11.4 × 7 cm (5 5/16 × 4 1/2 × 2 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Whistle, 1964; incised earthenware; H x W x D: 13.5 × 11.4 × 7 cm (5 5/16 × 4 1/2 × 2 3/4 in.); Gift of Edward L. Kallop Jr.; 1964-41-4

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ellen DeGeneres Selects.

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