1993.72.1

Whistle of unglazed red pottery in the form of a horned animal, probably a ram.

Place details: EUROPE. Romania / Transylvania Sibiu. Cultural Group: European Romanian: Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Pottery / ?. Processes: Fire-Hardened / ?. Dimensions: Max H = 62 mm Max L = 75 mm Field Collector: Jeremy Warren When Collected: 1993.10 TRANSYLVANIA Other Owners: Jeremy Warren PRM Source: Jeremy Warren Acquired: Donated 1993.11.13

KEYWORD: Musical instrument / Animal Figure / Flute / CLASS: Music / Figure / Agriculture and Horticulture? / Pottery / ?.MUSIC CLASS: 4. MUSIC NAME: Vessel flute duct whistle.

Research notes: This object was chosen to feature in a trail around the Pitt Rivers Museum in association with the Museum of English Rural Life on Farming The First 12,000 years (https://merl.reading.ac.uk/explore/online-exhibitions/farming12k/). It featured in a pamphlet with the caption "Shepherd's whistle. Herding is the practice of moving farmed animals, such as dogs. This whistle from Sibiu in Transylvania, Romania, is in the shape of a horned animal, probably a ram. It may have been used by a shepherd for communication with sheepdogs. Although sheep are still kept in many parts of the world for their meat, milk, wool, or skin, sheep farming remains a form of animal husbandry that has not been significantly intensified ."[FB 5/1/2021]