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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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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


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

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Musical instruments, Aerophones