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.

Date:

A.D. 650/800

Artist:

Late Classic Maya, Jaina
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

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Maya

Title

Rattle in the Form of a Mythological Figure

Origin

Campeche

Date

650 AD–800 AD

Medium

Ceramic and pigment

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph P. Antonow

Reference Number

1970.1053

Extended information about this artwork

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