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Double-chambered whistling vessel with broad flat bridge and flat base. One chamber depicts a raptorial bird (head missing) with folded wings, limbs and chest in high relief. Wings feature diagonal serrated line patterning. Second chamber features stippled panel on upper portion; stippling is dispersed. Strong vertical mould seams down sides, upper surface of chambers and along bridge. Looks like single two-part mould used. Ball of modelled whistling mechanism is exposed, over which the bird's head was presumably added. Well-burnished exterior; base wiped only and underside of bridge has more faceting. Even black colour, but this has not reached the negative parts of the serrated design.

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