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Clay whistle

Whistle of dark reddish-brown clay. On the upper part of the vessel’s body there is a tubular protuberance with a mouthpiece and a small hole on the upper surface, allowing the whistle to sound. When the vessel was filled with water, the sound produced imitated a bird call. The sound could be varied depending on the amount of water in the vessel.

The shape of this particular toy has remained unchanged till our ages, as similar toys are still sold today, chiefly at country fairs in remote areas.


ΒΚ 4467/86


Clay whistle


3rd-4th c.


Preserved height 9,3 cm., base diameter 2,7 cm.

Material of Construction



Thessaloniki, east cemetery. Excavation north of the Evangelistria Cemetery