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Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Teotihuacan, ca. 200 to 650 CE. A mold-made terracotta whistling figure with a pair of nubbin legs and a large mouthpiece on the verso for support. The whistle features a bulbous body with two stylized wings and a narrow neck, with a wrinkled visage comprised of a striated chin, thin lips, a prominent nose, almond-shaped eyes, and a grand plumed headdress with more than a dozen incised feathers. This piece may represent the Great Goddess - who typically wears a feathered bird headdress - believed to have been the primary deity of the underworld, war, darkness, earth, water, and creation itself. The whistle is covered in traces of original red, blue, and black pigment, and produces a lovely sound when used. Size: 4" W x 5.125" H (10.2 cm x 13 cm).

Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection

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#136670

Condition

Age-commensurate surface wear and abrasions, small losses to headdress, face, and areas of feet, with fading to original pigmentation and other finer incised details. Nice earthen deposits and traces of pigmentation throughout. Whistle still produces nice sound.

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Teotihuacan Pottery Whistle in Bird Form

Estimate $400 - $600Jul 30, 2018