Mossi Whistle

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Mossi Whistle, Burkina Faso


H: 42 cm (16,5″), W: 10 cm (3,9″)

Mossi Whistles normally only produce three or four notes and are used by musical groups and by hunters for signaling.

This whistle is made of black metal, it has finger holes in each “elbow” and has a shape that suggest human anatomy with a fine and discrete ornament formed as a crocodile.

The whistles sound alternately in the manner of European and hand-bell ensembles, with each performer producing a different pitch or pitches. A voice might also supply certain notes.

Age: Mid. 20th Century.

Provenance: Belgian private collection.

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