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Tairona Ocarina in the Form of a Shell - PF.2784
Origin: Narino Region of Colombia
Circa: 1250 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 6.25" (15.9cm) high x 2.5" (6.4cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

$1,200.00
Location: United States
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This Ancient Ocarina, found in Columbia, is a wind instrument with multiple holes used to vary pitch and tone. The Ocarina differs from a flute in shape, and by the fact that the player usually blows across the blowhole rather than into it, as with a flute. This particular Ocarina, in the form of a conch shell with small monkey figure, is more than a functional instrument—-it is an aesthetic statement of the now extinct Columbian culture. The artist of this piece has carved an intricate zigzag pattern on the base, and has accented the piece with the personality of the small monkey who clings to the side. Clearly, both music and aesthetics were an integral part of this ancient culture. - (PF.2784)

 

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