Type: Aerophones > Duct > Flutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.211.12
Region: Baltic States & North East Europe.
Description: The svilpe is a whistle from Latvia. The oldest example dates back from 1000 BC. It was made of bird bone, 75 mm in length and 6 to 7 mm in diameter. Having only one sound hole. Such whistles were used until recently as hunting decoys, signalling instruments or toys.
Construction: They were made of bark, wood or clay. The Clay whistles are still very popular, they are usually made in the shape of birds, horses or demons. They would have two or three finger holes, more rarely than just one. In Latgale, eastern Latvia, where the clay whilst are quite wide spread, these are known as svilpaunieks.
Citations: Bibliography: Arvidas Karaśka, Stanley Sadie ~ New Grove Dictionary Of Musical Instruments, Vol, 3 Book P to Z, Page 480 ; ISBN 0-333-37878-4 British Library of Cataloguing ; 0-9433818-05-2 Library Of Congress Cataloguing ;