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Mayan Molded Whistle Depicting a Demon Deity - PF.1413
Origin: Campeche, Mexico
Circa: 600 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 7.25" (18.4cm) high x 4.75" (12.1cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: UAE
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It is difficult to say whether this elaborately costumed demon represents an imaginary monster or simple a priest in disguise. Mayan art is full of such ambiguities: the boundaries between the temporal world and that of the spirits are frequently blurred. Little distinction was made between the mythic and the tangible. This particular deity appears to be a jaguar God; though his mouth is open with protruding tongue, this is most likely a gesture of benevolent protection, meant to frighten away evil. Traces of bright blue pigment stll adorn this whistle, blown during religious festivals. Its rich, melancholy tone evokes the glories of a fantastic vanished world. - (PF.1413)

 

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