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Two old Abelam hunting or dance whistles carved from miniature coconuts. (ABD)

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.

Price: 280.00 AUD
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