The Testimony of Hands


57.5.11, ceramic whistle, 5 centimeters (2 inches) long
Probably Nazca culture, Peru (300 B.C.–A.D. 800)
Watt Stewart Collection Photograph by B. Bernard

A visual and auditory pun: the whistle was shaped like a human, so that when the whistle was used, it became a whistling person.

L.C.S. of Albuquerque asked to see the whistle's face, so here's a mug shot.

50.5.11, close-up of face

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