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Human effigy animal impersonator ocarina

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Ocarina or flute in the form of a standing human male figure wearing a jaguar-like animal bucal (mouth) mask. He wears a head wrap with circular diadem, a wide bib-lke neck ornament, and long tubular elements hang from holes in his earlobes. The ocarina's mouthpiece is a large, bulbous form...

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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

Veracruz, Classic period, A.D. 500–900

Object Place

Veracruz or Tabasco, México

Dimensions

24.5 x 12 cm (9 5/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1215

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of red, blue and white post-fire slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones