Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Mexico
  • ocarina, 100–300
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • terracotta, incising, pigment
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 8.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 3 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0069

Ocarina made from light, reddish brown terracotta in the shape of a turtle or salamander. There are traces of red pigment on the decorated side and the facial features and decorations are incised. The mouth of the animal is the mouthpiece of the ocarina and there is one large hole and four small holes on its back. Across the wideest part there is a band of a zigzag line with thin diagonal lines filling in around it. On the back there is a small extension with two holes in it, identified as the holes for a string so that it can be worn as a pendant.