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U991.15.28
Artist / Maker : Unknown
Title : Untitled (Ocarina)
Date (Execution) : 1000-1550
Geographical Origin : Diquis Delta, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Cultural Group : Diquis
Style / Period : Pre-Columbian
Medium / Material  : Ceramic; Paint
Support / Technique :
Object Type : ocarinas
Visual Description : A double whistle in the form of two stylized birds sitting side by side. Bodies joined between the breasts and the tails except for the central vertical aperture. Each bird form has a separate air passage, mouthpiece, vent-hole, and one finger hole. The mouthpieces are side by side in the tail and can be blown at the same time. The minute finger-holes are on the breasts, and the vent-holes on the undersides. The neck of each bird is perforated tranaversely to facilitate suspension. The decoration is executed in black and red paint on a cream slip, which is applied to the entire surface. Black is the prevailing colour. The underside of the object is painted red. The combined tail-wing area is outlined in black with a red horizontal line in the centre across the wings which is interrupted by the vertical aperture. The heads are decorated in black and the eyes are shown as black dots.
Accession # : U991.15.28
Width (cm) : 2.80
Height (cm) : 2.30
Depth (cm) : 3.50
Mandatory Credit : Gift of William and Henrietta Schmidt
Artist Statement :