**Originally Listed At $100**
Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Vera Cruz, ca. 600 to 900 CE. A lovely pair of hand-built terracotta items. First is a large whistle with a stylized face, enormous in comparison to the rest of the body, with two oblong legs, an ornate and feathery headdress, and a projecting whistle spout on the verso; the whistle itself, sadly, does not work. Second is a petite maskette, once part of a larger figure, with stylized facial features, a large circular ear spool, and a tall curved crest atop the head. A wonderful duo! Size of largest (whistle): 3.5" H (8.9 cm).
Provenance: ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA, acquired prior to 1970
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Maskette is a fragment of a larger pottery item. Whistle does not function. Both items have age-commensurate surface wear, small losses around peripheries, fading to details, with earthen deposits, mineral deposits, and root marks throughout. Whistle has a small hairline fissure near opening on verso.