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woman shaped flute replica
  • Mexico
  • woman shaped flute replica, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 21 x 13.5 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 8 1/4 x 5 5/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0613

This is a ceramic flute in the shape of a standing woman wearing a conical hat. The top of the hat is the mouthpiece, painted red, and the brim of the hat is yellow. It has a yellow and black striped extension on the facing right side of the head. She has incised features and wears green ear spools. A necklace is indicated with circles of red, yellow, and green. She is bare breasted and wears a red skirt or apron with four fingerholes. The back is undecorated though there is one hole at the bottom of the hat.

This is a replica of an Aztec ocarina.