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Human effigy whistle

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Seated human effigy whistle. The figure's hands either rest on his/her bended knees or grasp her breasts. She(?) wears a wide collar or necklace perhaps composed of multiple strings of tubular beads and a typical wide nose ring and elongated ear ornaments. The fan-shaped headdress has been...

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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

Carchi, A.D. 1000–1400

Object Place

North Coast, Ecuador


8.2 x 5.6 x 4.3 cm (3 1/4 x 2 3/16 x 1 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: unslipped




Musical instruments, Aerophones