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Whistle in the Form of Two Human Figures

Artist Culture
Tembladera
Period
Early Horizon, c.900–200 BC
Date
c.700–400 BC
Material
Ceramic with pigment
Made in
Perú, South America
Classification
Ceramics
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
7 5/16 x 3 9/16 x 1 15/16 in. (18.5 x 9 x 5 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Morton D. May
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
186:1979
NOTES
In this ceramic whistle, the figures of a man (left) and a woman (right) join together to make music. These two individuals share a single body, each contributing an arm and a leg, creating a balanced whole. The male and female halves are distinguished by their clothing, which differs according to fit and decoration. Their facial painting, which may designate their ethnic affiliations, is also reminiscent of textile patterns.
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