The Abelam use whistles made of small coconuts in dancing and for signalling during hunts and when used in hunting, a well trained dog will respond to whistled commands. These two examples, circa 1950, are carvbed from dwarf coconut shells of different shapes.
The larger, darker, egg-shaped example has two Maprik figures carved on it, with geometric motifs in-between. Height 12 cm / 4 3/4 inches, diameter 6.5 cm / 2 1/4 inches
The smaller, round example isc overed in intricately carved abstract geometric designs. Diameter: 7.5 cm / 3 inches
Each whistle produces two notes by blowing across one hole, while blocking and unblocking the other with a finger.