Circa: second half of 19th century
Size: 6 ½ ″ – / 16.5 cm / long and 1 ½ ″ – / 4 cm / wide
TURKMENISTAN hand carved antique hunting whistle. It has the Horn tube on top hallowed space which is missing. Older ones were made of bird bones. Later they used metal and hard plastic tubes to create the bird sound. The slightly hallowed spoon shape end has a Rabbit skin cover which creates the bird sound when it is tightly squeezed and tapped on it.
Two animals on bottom, they must have talismanic reasons. Front part has also finely carved tortoise head which probably reminds to hunter to be soundless during hunting.
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