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Clay whistle (?)

Small, turtle-like vascular flute. The instrument has an inflated body, two feet and four (?) small openings. The object has been smoothed, slurried, primed and painted. The primer and paint are almost completely eroded. The ceramic has a white-brownish base colour, which is painted red and black. There is a round opening on the convex back of the hollow object. A ribbon handle is attached to the edge, which is connected to the oversized head of the sculpture. The zoomorphic body is decorated with two deep sculptural appliqués depicting fins. Cultural significance: the ceramics of the Mora group were produced in north-west Costa Rica and traded to the Central Highlands and the Atlantic region of the country. It uses design elements (seated anthropomorphic figures with headdresses, mat motif, Kan cross) that are also known from the Maya ceramics (Copador group) of the Clásico Tardío (900-600d.C.). The variant is related to the Gillén Negro sobre café claro (1350-1000d.C.) and Palmira Policromo (1350-1000d.C.) groups. (Künne 2004)

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Ethnologisches Museum
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Object type
musical instruments
Objektmaß: 4,2 x 5,6 x 6,1 cm
Current location
Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Inventory number
IV Ca 41263

Provenance and sources

Policromo Medio (800 - 1350)
Costa Rica
Nicoya [Stadt]

Lehmann, Walter - Collectors

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