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Nude male effigy whistle

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A nude male figure, with raised arms, clenched hands, and open mouth with bared teeth, convey his pain. His genital area is swollen, suggesting the type of ritual torture sometimes inflicted on war captives during the Classic Period. The figurine is also a whistle, its mouth piece being the...

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With Alphonse Jax, New York, by 1973; to Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1973; to MFA, June 1983, gift of Landon T. Clay.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 600–750

Object Place

Mexico or Guatemala


17.2 x 9.8 cm (6 3/4 x 3 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: white and red slip paint




Musical instruments, Aerophones