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Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Tairona, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. A little bird told me that this ocarina makes sweet music! An endearing brownware ocarina depicting a sweet songbird, elaborately decorated with impressed and incised detailing, including four finger holes at the upper end and a blow hole at its tail end. According to Armand Labbe's "Colombia Before Columbus" (1986), "Although Tairona pottery in general is well made and the sculptural lines are well defined, Fine Brown Ware tends to be the best executed and evinces the most detail with respect to incised decoration and distinction of forms." Size: 4.75" L x 4.5" W x 4.125" H (12.1 cm x 11.4 cm x 10.5 cm)

Provenance: private Parker collection, Atlanta, Georgia USA

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Losses to left wing, beak reattached with losses to top, hairline fissures to lower front end, indicative of repair.

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Tairona Bird-Form Pottery Ocarina

Estimate $250 - $350Jul 20, 2017
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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