Skip to Content

Open today 10–11 a.m. members |
11 a.m.–5 p.m. public. Learn more.

Masked Figurine with Boar Headdress, Possibly an Ocarina (Whistle)

A work made of ceramic and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of ceramic and pigment.

Date:

c. A.D. 1300

Artist:

Tairona
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

About this artwork

To this day in Tairona communities, masked individuals dance, personifying the deified forces and phenomena of nature. This act associates the annual round of social and economic activities with the natural world’s cycle of death, fertility, and renewal.

Status

On View, Gallery 136

Department

Arts of the Americas

Culture

Tairona

Title

Masked Figurine with Boar Headdress, Possibly an Ocarina (Whistle)

Place

Colombia (Object made in)

Date

1200–1400

Medium

Ceramic and pigment

Dimensions

H. 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Everett McNear in memory of Everett McNear

Reference Number

1986.1084a

IIIF Manifest  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) represents a set of open standards that enables rich access to digital media from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn more.

https://api.artic.edu/api/v1/artworks/65298/manifest.json

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share