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Double-chambered whistling jar

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Double-chambered whistling jar with wide spout and strap handle bridging the jar's tall neck and the top of the truncated, closed neck of the second chamber. A modeled bird sits atop the second chamber, the whistling mechanism found on its lower abdomen.


Acquired from dealers in Ecuador or Peru by William and Shirley Epstein in the 1960's; to MFA, November 1995, gift of William and Shirley Epstein.

Credit Line

Gift of William and Shirley Epstein

Chimú (Piura style?), Late Intermediate Period, A.D. 1100–1470

Object Place

North Coast, Perú


13.6 x 15.8 x 8.7 cm (5 3/8 x 6 1/4 x 3 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware