Masked Figurine Holding a Drum, Possibly a Ocarina (Whistle)

A work made of ceramic and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ceramic and pigment.

Date:

c. A.D. 1300

Artist:

Tairona
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

About this artwork

To this day in Tairona communities, masked individuals dance, personifying the deified forces and phenomena of nature. This act associates the annual round of social and economic activities with the natural world’s cycle of death, fertility, and renewal.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Tairona

Title

Masked Figurine Holding a Drum, Possibly a Ocarina (Whistle)

Origin

Colombia

Date

1200–1400

Medium

Ceramic and pigment

Dimensions

H. 12.7 cm (5 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Everett McNear in memory of Everett McNear

Reference Number

1986.1084b

Extended information about this artwork

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