Bird whistle

The bird call whistle is made of a piece of bamboo and decorated with an incised work in the frame of a triangular window. It shows a human figure with Dayak-jewelery and demonic characteristics, probably a warrior, with elongated earlobes and a tattoo around the nipples in a squatting position. He is surrounded by dragon and other aso motifs, which stand out against the dark background.

The mouthpiece for blowing, which is normally placed below the small opening at the triangular tip of the decoration, is no longer present.

Object Bird whistle
Culture Borneo, Dayak
Time Around 1900
Dimensions Height 47,5 cm,  diameter 7 cm
Material Bamboo, brown pigments
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