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Artist/Maker: Costa Rica

Date: ca. 1000-1550
Medium: pottery and slip paint
Overall: 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (9.5 x 14 x 5.7 cm)
Classification: Musical Instruments
Credit Line: Gift of Candice Barrs
Object number: 94.0014.09
DescriptionPainted in Buenos Aires-style polychrome, this jaguar ocarina is in a form known as Birmani style, with two tilted heads, four legs, and a number of perforations to allow for a variety of notes. Expressions on the faces of the jaguar are festive and non-threatening. Many musical instruments were made in animal effigy form, and the qualities associated with the jaguar such as strength, cunning, and power, were traits often honored in ritual musical performances.
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