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Jaguar effigy whistle

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Single-spouted, strap-handled, mold-made vessel in the form of a seated and tethered jaguar. A tiny hole at the back of its head at the juncture of the strap handle produces a shrill whistling sound when air is blown into the tapered spout. The spout and handle are decorated with thin stripes...

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According to a note in the file: "said to be from Rhodes"; to MFA, May 1906, anonymous gift.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Sicán (Lambayeque), Late Intermediate Period (Late Sicán style), A.D. 1100–1370

Object Place

Lambayeque area, North Coast, Perú


15.1 x 9.2 x 20 cm (5 15/16 x 3 5/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: orange, black, and cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware