The Bamileke people share artistic traditions with their neighbors the Kom.
A lovely carved wooden flute or whistle in traditional form, taking on the shape of a hollowed, stylized figure that combines human and animal features. Two finger holes on either side of the body mimic projecting arms. The top is carved into a large crescent shape, mimicking two broad horns, which help support the lips when played. The long cylindrical neck ends in a triangular body, carved in a three-pronged base pierced with two holes.
Used across the Grasslands region of northwestern Cameroon, presenting anthropomorphic stylized features and usually played by men during a dance known as ndong. Ndong is performed when a new wife arrives at her husband's house. On that occasion, music is supplied exclusively by this type of whistle.
Provenance: Amyas Naegele, New York
Height: 15 ½" x Width: 3 ½"( Height is 17 ½" on the custom 3 ⅜" x 3" display stand).