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decorative Peruvian whistling pot with bird carving

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is a really weird object

posted on Sat, 03/03/2007 - 12:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is an old African American instrument.

posted on Sat, 03/03/2007 - 3:27pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Nope. We like to welcome all perspectives about what an object looks like but I do feel like I have to weigh in and say that this isn't an African American artifact. It is from the Chancay culture in Peru.

posted on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 5:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Actually, no, it's Peruvian. That's in South America, silly! jk

posted on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 3:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is insanely awesome. Did you all know that the keyboard was specifically designed with asdfghjkl; as the home row so that we wouldn't type to fast? it originated in the form of the alphabet with the letters placed as such but was changed when the inventor kept typing to quickly and making mistakes!!!!

posted on Sat, 03/03/2007 - 4:34pm
bryan kennedy's picture

While this is all true, it doesn't specifically relate to the whistling pot you see above. Let's try and stay on topic here folks.

posted on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 5:23pm
Mitchell Heggem's picture
Mitchell Heggem says:

I think it is very interesting, maybe people will use it to survive in their lives.

posted on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 12:04pm
Mr. K's picture
Mr. K says:

This would appear to be a dual-beverage bottle thing. You drink from one end and let someone else drink from the other end. Voila! Sanitary sharing!

posted on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 2:02pm
Jocelynn's picture
Jocelynn says:

You have to put air into it.After you put air into it - it makes a whistle sound. It has two chambers that connect to each other.It has a long thing going across to connect the two things together.

posted on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 2:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Whilstling pot with dual resonating chambers allows the low frequency waveforms to resonate.

posted on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 4:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks pretty!

posted on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 11:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the whistling pot looks cool. how does it work? how long has it been in the world? i wanna know.
what i think about this is that it's something i haven'tseen before and is very niice to learn about.

posted on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 1:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this old whistle called a peruvian vessel is a very old whistle it is two bottes joined together

posted on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 10:27am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i really like it

posted on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 11:24am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is a pretty interesting thing.

posted on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 11:41am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The whistle is cool.

posted on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 3:57pm
drew  walker  erickson's picture
drew walker erickson says:

water canteen

posted on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 7:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It is from peru. it is not an afracan amarican obgect.

posted on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 9:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is an awesome hand-made craft!

posted on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 11:43am
Kellie's picture
Kellie says:

this tool would make serving people much easier!

posted on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 11:46am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

whistling pots can be used in music i made one in my art class exept they were animals

posted on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 3:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this isa cool instrumentused long time ago;

posted on Sun, 03/11/2007 - 1:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this instrument was also used y the native incas

posted on Sun, 03/11/2007 - 1:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

looks cool

posted on Mon, 03/12/2007 - 10:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks interesting

posted on Mon, 03/12/2007 - 10:21am
Deen's picture
Deen says:

This whistling pot was named a "whistling pot" because it whistles. It was used in, I think, Ancient Mayan culture when people needed to get other people's attention and they couldn't whistle.

posted on Mon, 03/12/2007 - 12:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

whiseling pots are rad

posted on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 9:26am
will and grant's picture
will and grant says:

we think they look like maracha's that you could put beans in and shake.

posted on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 9:45am
Kelsey & Amanda's picture
Kelsey & Amanda says:

We think it is ancient barbells that held your water for when you got thirsty while working out!

posted on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 11:28am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it's looks weird

posted on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 12:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

does not it is a part of a cultures history .

posted on Sat, 03/17/2007 - 9:39am
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betty crocker says:

my grandma used to make these

posted on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 11:02am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it's made out of wood

posted on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 12:08pm
Andy j's picture
Andy j says:

i think that this vessel is very nice and has been kept well mainetanced

posted on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 11:19am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I feel that this pot is a amazing instrament. I would love to own one!!!!!

posted on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 12:53pm
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Scott Bob Melvin T. White III says:

Its a pot that you can call your dog with. and you can bug your family in the middle of the night with it. Bring it to parties and be the coolest one there

posted on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 4:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is a pretty sweet looking bottle thing

posted on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 4:54pm
helen's picture
helen says:

I want to go to work with this pot. I am 5 years old.

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 2:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This object is a peruvian artifact that is two bottles conjoined and the middle bridge acts almost like a handle.

posted on Sat, 03/17/2007 - 11:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This jug was used by tribal indians in the late 1300 to usher young boys into man hood (sometimes used at marriage ceramonies anoint the bride)

posted on Sat, 03/17/2007 - 11:29am
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Dr. Bert Bottleneck says:

Back before the days of bottled water, people in Peru carried containers like this one. This is a special bottle; not only does it make noise (not like a teapot -- don't try putting this on a burner!), but it also has two chambers and a bird's head carved on it. Take that, Aquafina!

posted on Sat, 03/17/2007 - 3:41pm
Polywog's picture
Polywog says:

This eclectic piece of art served two purposes...

water canteen and a musical instrument

pretty nifty isn't it?

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 9:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It seams like its a couple hundred years old.

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 11:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it's a really cool whistle!

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 12:23pm
breanna's picture
breanna says:

This wood is antique and of historic value. It was used to communicate emergencies.

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 12:26pm
Maria Heuring's picture
Maria Heuring says:

It's a different kind of art than I've seen lately. But it kind of looks cool.

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 12:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this reminds me of the set of drums i use to have

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 1:15pm
sara                                               Anonymous's picture
sara Anonymous says:

It looks like a maraca. It looks smooth. It has a line through it.

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 1:34pm
Steele's picture
Steele says:

I love it. This is very interesting

posted on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 10:20am
C's picture
C says:

The paint is bright for the Indians who painted it.

posted on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 11:49am
Professor P. Thomas's picture
Professor P. Thomas says:

the shape of this object is very pleasing to the eyes with its curved main body interlinking to become what appears to be the symbol of infinity. above we have a straight, again connecting these two like a bridge probably adding to the note produced. at the top of one of these pipes is the head of a bird. birds are often associated with their whistling and song. the notes produced most likely come out of the birds mouth. to change the pitch of the note harder blowing or change of angle of blow is needed.

posted on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 2:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this person certainly knows his stuff. wow

posted on Mon, 03/19/2007 - 2:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

a gourd instrument

posted on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 8:42am
Christine's picture
Christine says:

It looks kind of weird. not to be offensive.

posted on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 9:35am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

A Thistle - colored Whistle

posted on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 1:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i luv the wihistling pot i have actually tried a whistling pot when i visted africa last summer i luved it and i gave it a hard blow

posted on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 3:01pm
duran's picture
duran says:

On the right, it looks like a bird.

posted on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 3:23pm
Samantha's picture
Samantha says:

This bottle is so well done
looking at it is so fun!

I'd like to blow in it
but the museum would have a fit!

posted on Wed, 03/21/2007 - 9:02am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

tweet tweet!! that is the sound this paruvion whistle pot may have made. the chamber between the 2 pots creates a whistle sound when the liquid inside is moved. cool huh?

posted on Wed, 03/21/2007 - 10:10am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this pot is a very strange colour. scientists should improve the texture so it looks more new, as if it was just created yesterday.

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 9:08am
Sierra's picture
Sierra says:

The carving is strange

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 11:04am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This beautiful ceramic vessel remainds me of the ones made by the Aztecs and Mayan people in Mexico and central america. It's amaizing how similar they look alike!!

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 11:16am
Clarice's picture
Clarice says:

you can poor water into it to make a whisteling noise. It would be fun to play with and good for a band.

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 11:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Whistle while you work and play

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 12:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It is very unique and I have never seen something so different then this .It reminds me of a model of a bridge.

posted on Thu, 03/22/2007 - 2:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

there's a bird on the leftside of it. It has a pattern on both sides of the vessel.

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 9:13am
nessarose's picture
nessarose says:

music is awesome, I love instruments
I also love to whistle!

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 9:20am
elphaba's picture
elphaba says:

pretty awesome! I wish I could whistle. interesting designs.

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 9:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it is a big whistle that i couldn't carry in my pocket

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 10:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It is a whistle to whistle a tune. That's all.

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 10:58am
Stephanie, Emily, Andrea's picture
Stephanie, Emily, Andrea says:

These vessels are cool,
These vessels are red
It makes a cool sound,
Then you go to bed

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 3:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This whistling thing is cool. I like it very much.

posted on Sat, 03/24/2007 - 5:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This ancient artifact is a proud piece of Peruvian history. Children learn at a very young age how to play this musical instrument. It is frequently played at parties that are thrown for boys and girls when they turn 16.

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 11:40am
Anna Thomason's picture
Anna Thomason says:

It is also true that these bottles are cool. Some bottles like these can be found in other parts of the world as well, such as Africa.

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 4:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is a cool whistiling pot.

posted on Sun, 03/25/2007 - 5:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

way cool! it's a whistling watering can

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 11:03am
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Jacob von squirly squirly says:

this object is orange. it has orange dots!!!!! i think i saw the person who made it. that person is me.

posted on Thu, 03/29/2007 - 3:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

im black and white with dots!!!!!

posted on Fri, 03/30/2007 - 11:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

im black and white with dots too!

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 2:24pm
kip's picture
kip says:

you have to press a button to see it. and it looks like a gopher coming out of a round jar. I'm pretty sure it is not old and was manufactured last year in Grand Rapids, MI by the Meijer family for research on why wolverines are way better than gophers.

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 11:59am
greta's picture
greta says:

I think this pot is funny

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 12:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it whistles

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 1:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This looks like an old jug that would have held water and/or oil

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 1:10pm
Walt's picture
Walt says:

The whistle is intriguing and very old. But even more interesting is the small box of dental floss next to it. Those Incas really liked oral hygiene.

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 1:16pm
Gina's picture
Gina says:

This little doohicky is super sweet and I want one of my very own. Can I get it in the gift shop?

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 1:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What went wrong!?

Two jugs accidently joined together. They are joined for life. (or until a clumsy native trips and falls on a rock)

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 6:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The parrot whistles when the water comes out.
Be creative--make your own by blowing in the spout!

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 6:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like the object! It is funny that it is a whistling pot. I am five.

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 11:00am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i tink it is reallly awesome actually

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 11:46am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like this whistling pot

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 1:22pm
bobby's picture
bobby says:

This is very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 1:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that the whistling pot is very interesting. It probably whistles like the wind in the mountins in peru. I have not seen such beautful craftsmenship in a while.

posted on Sun, 04/01/2007 - 2:20pm
Cuba's picture
Cuba says:

Despite what many researchers claim, the Peruvian whistling pot was mainly used in the afterlife. The ancient Peruvians believed that when played correctly, the whistling pot summoned their ancestors and past loved ones to the world of life for a brief time. Their spirits were often used as guides on long journeys.

posted on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 9:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I wish they had a recording of what it sounds like.

posted on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 10:26am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It could probably be used for mixing.

posted on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 11:13am
Anonymus's picture
Anonymus says:

The carved bird on top of one of the openings might stand for something, or it could be just decoration.

posted on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 1:31pm
Sheltercare's picture
Sheltercare says:

An instrument or something you can drink out of

posted on Tue, 04/03/2007 - 8:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Which end do you drink out of?

posted on Tue, 04/03/2007 - 10:14am
kaila's picture
kaila says:

the whistling pot looks very weird, but i heard it sounds beautiful & sounds like a person whisling.

by kaila

posted on Sat, 06/16/2007 - 1:43pm
smart girl's picture
smart girl says:

Hi guys/gals

This whistling pot was made by the Chimu culture and they lived between AD 1000 to Ad1500 they were known for there wooden handcrafting and metal work. They would leave the whistling pot in the tomb of a family/friend because they believed that the dead would blow on the whistling pot to call the spirits to come and take them away. we know this because archeologists found whistling pots with funeral masks. Rich people had very elaborate pots made out of gold and some just had simple wood ones.

The chimu culture was conqured by Incas in 1475

posted on Wed, 08/01/2007 - 1:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This looks like a Peruvian,Moche, Chimu, Inca, Mayan, Pre-Columbian... Double-Chambered... Whistle Bottle/Vessel.
The sound has an amazing effect on your mind (psychoacoustic). It's wildly intense when a circle group whistles together. Shamans use them for 'Curanderismo' - soul retrieval/ sound healing. It's amazing.

posted on Mon, 01/21/2008 - 2:11pm