This wooden flute/whistle from Burkina Faso, carved into a phallic form, exhibits a lovely smooth, golden patina. In the Mossi culture, flutes/whistles such as this were played by recently initiated males during masquerade ceremonies. The flute would have been hung around the initiates’ necks, as indicated by a knuckle on the front of the flute.
Note: This piece has been reduced from its original price, in most cases more than 50 per cent, to fit in the 'PIECES UNDER £300' category.
Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century