Effigy ocarina - ROM2019_17478_62


Effigy ocarina

Medium:Incised; appliqued
Geography: Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Date: 1000 BC-500 AD
11.5 × 7.8 × 8.4 cm
Object number: 2018.11.9
Credit Line: Gift of Philip and Marian Brady
Not on view

Pre-Columbian ocarinas, or whistles, were made of clay, gold, and wood. Music played a significant part in the life of pre-Columbian period, whether it was for rites, ceremonies, war, or entertainment.  Ocarinas, for example, were used by high-ranking elites within in purification rites, and warriors used instruments to create loud noises in battle. This particular example made from clay depicts a seated women with lip plugs.  She has a geometric incision on her belly.

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