Pottery Vessel

Atlantic Watershed culture, Costa Rica
Late Period V - Period VI
800–1400 CE


Findspot: Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed

Dimensions

OVERALL Height x length: 5.7 x 10.5 cm (2 3/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2011.2087

Medium or Technique

Earthenware, with slip paint, incising

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Aerophones

Zoomorphic ocarina with incised decoration. The animal may have been a feline although the head and tail were broken from the instrument in ancient times.

Provenance

About 1905, excavated by members of the Lindo Family on the Lindo Brothers’ coffee plantation in Juan Viñas, between the cities of Limón and San José, Costa Rica; about 1910, brought to the United States by Daisy Lindo Lewis (later Daisy Voorhis, b. 1883 – d. 1964) and kept in her homes in Wheeling, WV, Cambridge, MA, and South Yarmouth, MA; 1964, by descent to her daughter, Doris Lindo Lewis Henríquez (b. 1909 – d. 1995), West Palm Beach, FL; 1995, by descent to her daughter, Sydney Lewis Glover, and Denis Glover, Chatham, MA; 2011, year-end gift of Denis and Sydney Glover to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of J. Denis Glover and Sydney L. Glover