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Quail-call in a pistol-like shape. Handle is made from jujube wood (anab in Farsi) that is carved with two addorsed seated rams and a bird. Pipe is made of steel and the decoy is made from duck (?) feathers and skin. A cotton string is tied across to top. See also As1978,06.79.
Height: 5 centimetres
Length: 18 centimetres
Weight: 80 grammes
- Curator's comments
- According to information provided by collector:
"Quail-call (topche-e karrak = 'quail-pistol')
Loc. Torkhan, east of Herat, Afghanistan.
To decoy the bird, the catcher taps with the middle-finger of his right hand on the strained (!) feather-skin, while that part of the body which carries the pipe is held between thumb, pointing and middle-finger on the left hand. Hereby a sound is produced (tu tu - tu tu - tu tu) which resembles the call of the male quail to such an extent that the bird is tempted under the net that has been placed in fields over plants (lucern, cereals). Trapping is mainly practiced with the aim to supply males for quail-fights.
body = anab wood
skin = duck (?) skin (tanned with yoghurt) [original said 'duk']
pipe = metal
net = approx. 15-20 x 10-15 metres
rope = 25-30 metres"
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- Middle East
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