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Animal effigy ocarina or flute

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Flute-like ocarina with four fingerholes and six in-line bulbous sounding chambers. The second and third sounding chambers are embellished with a modeled animal head, characterized by a long snout, protruding tongue and striations on its face, and with human-like arms. The left arm is raised...

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Provenance

Collected between 1974 and 1981 by John Fulling, Art Collectors of November, Inc., Florida (and known as the "November Collection"); to Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1987; to MFA, December 1988, gift of Landon T. Clay.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Veracruz, Classic period, A.D. 500–900

Object Place

Veracruz or Tabasco, México

Dimensions

8.5 x 33 cm (3 3/8 x 13 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1218

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of blue-green post-fire paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones