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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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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

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

Object Place

Veracruz or Tabasco, Mexico

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1988.1201

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with red-orange slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Musical instruments, Aerophones