In the Mossi culture, flutes/whistles such as this were played by recently initiated males during masquerade ceremonies, in which they would have hung around the initiate's neck. This fine small flute, carved into a beautiful abstract figurative form with 'arms' akimbo, seems to be an unusually small example of such instruments.
A strip of snakeskin has been wrapped around the mouthpiece of the flute/whistle, and directly below, a crossed band of animal hide provides further decoration. Over time, the surface of the pieces has developed a lovely deep worn patina..
H (Excl. Stand): 10cm
H (Incl Stand): 16cm
Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century (or Before)
Ex Private Collection, UK
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