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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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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



22 x 11.6 cm (8 11/16 x 4 9/16 x 3 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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




Musical instruments, Aerophones