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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An endearing hand-built terracotta whistle in the form of a scorpion, embellished with applied ring-shaped eyes, mouth, central spiked ridge, an upturned curled tail, and a pair of pincers extending from the ovoid body. A tubular mouthpiece extends from one side. In the Pre-Columbian world, the scorpion was associated with the renewal of the agricultural cycle, and by extension, the renewal of life. The scorpion's tail was thought to sting lightning, which would attract rain to feed the hungry crops, thereby nourishing the land and its peoples. Size: 2.75" L x 1.75" W (7 cm x 4.4 cm); 2.125" H (5.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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Tip of tail restored. Otherwise excellent.

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Petite Colima Pottery Scorpion Whistle

Estimate $300 - $450Jul 01