DescriptionToltec Conch Trumpet Deity
C. 900-1200 AD
6" Tall by 10½" Long
The heavy pottery trumpet depicts a large headed jaguar emerging from a spiraling conch shell. On the rear is the mouthpiece, the conch's opening being inside the jaguar's large toothy mouth. The blows resonate within the cavity and emit the loud pitch from its mouth. The feline stares upward with pointed ears, small orb eyes, and stands with the front legs supporting him. The instrument is a unique depiction with some repair to the upper face of the beast and has a very darkened cream slip.
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