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Ceramic Avimorph Ocarina - PF.3699
Origin: Costa Rica (Guanacaste-Nicoya)
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 8" (20.3cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Ceramics from the Guanacaste-Nicoya Zone during the second half of Period IV often display strong sculptural qualities and an elegance of line that is unsurpassed by its contemporaries. A refined artist who was deeply engrossed in portraying the divine simplicity of sculpture and line undoubtedly created this exquisite avimorph ocarina. The ocarina is a musical instrument of the new world. Ocarinas come in a variety of sizes, producing tones ranging from that of a tenor recorder to that of a shrill whistle. The mouthpiece and the size of the resonance chamber are modified to produce different tones. The largest examples sound like tenor recorders, somewhat less resonant than a low-register flute. This avimorph ocarina is a pleasure to look at and to imagine the music that was once played by the ancient musician who treasured it. - (PF.3699)


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