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Rattle in the Form of a Mythological Figure

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

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  • A work made of ceramic and pigment.




Late Classic Maya, Jaina style
Campeche or Yucatán, Mexico

About this artwork

Many of the hollow interiors of mold-made Jaina figurines were transformed into rattles or whistles. As musical instruments, they may have been played during the funerary ceremonies of the deceased whom they accompanied into the afterlife.


On View, Gallery 136


Arts of the Americas




Rattle in the Form of a Mythological Figure


Campeche state (Object made in)

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650 CE–800 CE


Ceramic and pigment


H.: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph P. Antonow

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