Human effigy ocarina
Object Place, Veracruz or Tabasco, México
11.2 x 5.8 cm (4 7/16 x 2 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)
Human effigy ocarina depicting a standing, elderly male figure. His face is decorated with beauty scarification, tatoos or face painting, the predominant motif being a herringbone or plaited design. His mouth is extended forward with pursed lips as if he were calling or whistling. Each ear is pierced with two large holes. The ocarina's bulbous mouthpiece is attached to the figure's back, and a fingerhole at each side of the figure allows for the creation of multiple pitches.
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.
Gift of Landon T. Clay