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Mayan Molded Whistle - PF.1396
Origin: Campeche, Mexico
Circa: 600 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) high x 2.375" (6.0cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Though overt sexuality is not common in Mayan Art, the motif of an older man embracing a younger woman appears frequently. Similar images of May-December romance are used in European art for comic effect, but the Mayan motif appears to have a deeper spiritual significance. It perhaps evokes the conjunction of opposites, which is essential to the continuity of life: young and old, male and female. Here a vigorous, scowling older man embraces a buxom young lady, who welcomes his attentions. - (PF.1396)


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