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Pisote or anteater impersonator effigy figure

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Human male figure wearing over his mouth an elongated mask in the form of an anteater or pisote's snout. Figure wears a crest of feathers on his head, large circular earflares, a double strand neck ornament, wide belt-like item around his waist, and a long loin cloth tie-end. The whistle's...

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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

Southern Veracruz or Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 600–860

Object Place

Veracruz or Tabasco, Mexico


15.2 x 10.4 cm (6 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware with red-orange slip paint




Musical instruments, Aerophones