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Zande Diviners Whistle


Diviners African art whistle from the Zande people of Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sold By: For African Art Gallery

Product Description

Item: #2701

Tribe: Zande

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo

Material: Wood

Size: 12.5″ (31.8 cm)

Condition: Good

Provenance: Private USA Collection.

This very rare Zande multi-purpose whistle is a prestige object, is used in communal hunting, but is most commonly used by ritual diviners, who use whistles to summon the spirits. Figurative whistles are usually made from bone and other more prestigious animal material. Wood whistles are often non figurative; making this is a rare example of an anthropomorphic whistle made from wood. The face shows some of the attributes important to Zande esthetics, including an elegant coiffure and scarification markings represented schematically by the punched circles on the whistle. In addition to rattles and bells, whistles were and are an important instrument for invoking the spirits’ attention and trust.

Additional Information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 x 12 x 12 in


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