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Mayan Whistle In The Form of an Animal - PF.2554
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 550 AD to 950 AD
Dimensions: 4.25" (10.8cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Resting on his haunches with large beady eyes staring beyond the present, this fascinating animal whistle reveals the imaginative talents of the Ancient Mayan potters. We delight in its novel shape and charming demeanor. Perhaps the whistle was used in ritual as a call to the gods, alerting them to the needs of man. Or maybe it was a source of endless amusement for small Mayan children. Whatever its ancient function, we realize today that its communicative power is everlasting, the melodic notes that emanate from its soul touching all who experience them. - (PF.2554)


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