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Bufo marinus effigy

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Ocarina in the shape of a bufo marinus toad. Instrument has four fingerholes in its back and a large blow-hole at the toad's back end (anus).


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 (?), Classic Period, A.D. 350–900

Object Place

Guatemala (?)


4.2 x 6.8 x 8 cm (1 5/8 x 2 11/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: black slip paint




Musical instruments, Aerophones