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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Three wonderful hand-built zoomorphic terracotta whistles. Two whistles take avian forms, one with donut-shaped eyes and a broad tail with a mouthpiece, and the other with a conical beak and a perforated back. Last is a small puppy whistle, its stylized hands grasping its snout, with a tubular bottom section which tapers to a petite mouthpiece. All three whistles produce a sound when blown into, making this a lovely and functional collection! Size of largest (puppy): 2.75" H (7 cm).

Provenance: private Los Osos, California, USA collection, acquired over fifteen years ago

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All three items have age-commensurate surface wear, small chips to bodies, and some discoloration, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen and mineral deposits throughout. All three whistles function properly.

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Trio of Colima Terracotta Figural Whistles - Functional

Estimate $400 - $600Mar 26, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
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