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Human effigy ocarina

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Human effigy ocarina depicting a standing, elderly male figure. His face is decorated with beauty scarification, tatoos or face painting, the predominant motif being a herringbone or plaited design. His mouth is extended forward with pursed lips as if he were calling or whistling. Each ear is...

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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.

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Gift of Landon T. Clay

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

Object Place

Veracruz or Tabasco, México


11.2 x 5.8 cm (4 7/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

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Musical instruments, Aerophones