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Monkey effigy ocarina

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Mold-made, double-torso and double-headed monkey effigy ocarina, the monkeys' torsos merging into a single lower body. The human-like legs, male genitalia and humanoid eyes visible inside the monkeys' orbits suggest a human-monkey composite or a human impersonator (wearing a mask) of a...

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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

Maya, Late Classic pPriod, A.D. 650–850

Object Place

Southern highlands or adjacent Petexbatún region, Guatemala

Dimensions

12.6 x 10.6 cm (4 15/16 x 4 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1219

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones