Burnished earthenware bird whistle of brownish clay under chocolate slip; bird has appliquéd human features (eyes, nose, ears, mouth) and curved arms which rest on abdomen; appliquéd hat is on top of head. Figure balances on two front legs, and hollow, cylindrical tail, which is open at the end. Four holes are on either side of bird's back, and a large opening is on the underside of the figure.

Whistle (Ocarina) in the shape of a Bird

Greater Nicoya, Pre-Columbian

Period IV (300 BC - AD 500), 300 BC - AD 500

  • Titles Whistle (Ocarina) in the shape of a Bird (Descriptive)
  • Artist Greater Nicoya, Costa Rica
  • Medium earthenware and slip
  • Dimensions 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (5.7 x 3.8 x 5.7 cm)
  • Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin A. Bowman Jr., AFI.21.2011
  • Work Type whistle
  • Classification Tools & Equipment