Arts of the Americas
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Figurines like this may represent participants in rituals. Their smiling faces have been interpreted as signs of intoxication. Since this figurine doubles as a musical instrument, it may be connected to a joyous religious celebration involving dance and music.
Ceramic, traces of pigment
11 3/8 × 6 13/16 × 2 1/4 in. (28.9 × 17.3 × 5.7 cm) (show scale)
Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund
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Totonac. Whistle, circa 600-700. Ceramic, traces of pigment, 11 3/8 × 6 13/16 × 2 1/4 in. (28.9 × 17.3 × 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund, 58.185. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.58.185.jpg)
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