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Folk art Mexican Central American clay figural whistle

Folk art Mexican Central American clay figural whistle
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A wonderful folk art whistle or flute from central America or Mexico regions. Made of hand painted, hand formed clay. Man in a jaguar costume. No chips, or repairs. Has 6 holes. Measures about 4" long and is 4 3/4" tall. Ancient Aztecs, as early as the 12 century A.D., created whistles and flutes out of clay. Artisans also used wood and bamboo but clay had a special significance. To the Aztecs, clay represented the singing mother earth. The Aztecs played the "Dead Whistle" in death ceremonies when an important leader died. They carried the body through the streets where 100 or more "dead whistle" blowers played. The intention of blowing the clay whistle was to communicate with the spirit-world and prepare the souls for the afterlife. I do not have a clue to the age of this piece!!!

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