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Ball player effigy whistle

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Mold-made whistle in the form of a male ball player. He wears a wide ballgame yoke, knee pad on his left knee, quilted padding on his left forearm, and holds in his left hand what may be a ballgame batting stone (painted red-orange). His headdress is composed of a simple curled element whose...

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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

Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650–850

Object Place

Southern highlands, Guatemala

Catalogue Raisonné

MS1109

Dimensions

24 x 11.8 cm (9 7/16 x 4 5/8 x 3 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1190

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, black, white and blue-green post-fire paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones