This whistling bottle is a relic of the Vicús culture, which flourished in the northern coast of modern-day Peru between the years 1 and 500 CE.
It is a wind instrument that can produce sound without the player having to blow into or over it. The bottle can hold water or other liquid that is moved to produce an air current that in turn plays a small globular flute found inside the figure’s head. A wide range of sounds may be produced by varying the quantity of liquid.
There are no fingering holes, and this piece produces only one note, B. It can also be played by blowing through the hole in the back of the bottle.
Dimensions: 248 mm high x 210 mm long x 162 mm wide (approx 10” x 8” x 6”).