Parmi le très riche corpus des sifflets en ivoire Pende, celui-ci se distingue par la très rare composition sommitale représentant un couple dos à dos. cf. Sotheby’s (New York, 17 novembre 2006, n° 89) pour un autre sifflet Pende de l’ancienne collection William W. Brill, surmonté d’un seul personnage.
Very good condition overall. Wear consistent with age and use within the culture. Old patinated loss to the bottom. One of the figure is pierced through both sides. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."