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Conch shell trumpet

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Conch shell trumpet with carved exterior surface. The imagery includes a dancing and singing male figure who holds a saurian-headed staff, and a skeletal figure is found below the main performer. A hole drilled through the end of the shell allows it to be strung on a narrow cord, perhaps for...

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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

Aztec or Mixtec, Late Postclassic period, A.D. 1425–1520

Object Place

Central or Southern Highlands, Mexico


38.1 x 20 cm (15 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Conch shell




Musical instruments, Aerophones