Pre-Columbian, Gulf Coast Mexico, Vera Cruz/Veracruz, ca. 550 to 950 CE. The first of three wonderful Pre-Columbian musical whistles; a handbuilt and mold-pressed terracotta whistle in the form of an owl or parrot. Size: 3-3/4"L.
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Next, a Colima clay whistle shaped in the form of a bizarre, double-headed animorphic form - anteaters perhaps? Size: 3-1/2"L.
Pre-Columbian, Northwest Coast of Costa Rica/Nicaragua, Greater Nicoya, ca. 1000 to 1350 CE. Last but certainly not least, a petite terracotta parrot whistle with a bichrome finish of red and beige created by the indigenous of the Greater Nicoya. The parrot was cherished by the ancients of the Americas. Its brilliant plumage and its ability to fly well above the tree line made it an ideal incarnation of the sky deities. Beyond this symbolic iconography we have the remarkable skill and style of the Nicoya ceramicist! Size: 3"L.
One theme that we find in Pre-Columbian artworks is their association with music. It seems as though virtually every pre-Columbian culture incorporated rhythms and harmonies in ceremonial rituals, dances, theatrical events, and even warfare.
Condition: Normal surface wear to each. Vera Cruz example shows minor loss to crest and possible repair. Others are intact.
Provenance: Ex-private Houston, TX collection acquired at auction or local gallery between 1982 and 1994.
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