A Costa Rican Bird Effigy Ocarina, Early Period V, ca. 500 - 800 CE
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This large pottery whistle features an effigy in the form of a bird's head, with a pronounced head, beak, bulging eyes, and a ridged crest, the flute's mouthpiece behind the head, the rounded body drilled with holes to play different notes and decorated with a register of incised linear and circular designs. This piece would have been commissioned by a woman to reflect her own body tattoos and would have played it in sacred ceremonies to induce healing, trance, and invoke different deities before taking it to the afterlife with her.
Dimensions: Height: 5 1/2 inches (14 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Mirtha Virginia de Perea (1929 - 2019) private collection of Costa Rican art.Mrs. de Perea spent her entire 48-year career with the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, DC, achieving the rank of Cultural Minister-Counselor and Consul after having started as a secretary. She was a devoted patron of the arts, promoting numerous local artists and sponsoring many cultural events throughout her career. She also amassed an impressive collection of Latin American art. After retiring in 1999, she became a US citizen and continued her support of the arts through her membership in the Women’s Committee of the Washington National Opera and other local groups.
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