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Costumed male effigy globular flute

A.D. 700–900


Dimensions

9.8 x 8.6 cm (3 7/8 x 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1220

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: orange slip paint

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Musical Instruments , Aerophones

Mold-made, standing human male figure wearing a fish-like effigy headdress and holding two unidentified objects in each arm. The headdress elongates at the back to form the whistle's mouthpiece, and sound emerges from the resonance chamber (the figure's body) through a large opening in the figure's back.

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