Pre-Columbian, Gulf Coast of Mexico, Veracruz (Vera Cruz) culture, ca. 500 to 700 BCE. A mold-formed ceramic figure with a pair of conical legs and a tubular whistle mouthpiece on the verso. The standing bird-headed figure wears a simple waistband with a hanging front panel and a pair of large, pattern-molded shoulder panels displaying abstract simian figures. A long, conical beak, impressed circular eyes within heavy sockets, a crested brow, and discoid ear spools define the avian visage, and a pecked headband encircles the base of a prominent crest adorned with vertical striations. When played, this whistle produces a high-pitched sound. Size: 2.2" W x 4.75" H (5.6 cm x 12.1 cm).
Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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