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Dancing Figure Whistle
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Dancing Figure Whistle

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Description This dancer is shown mid step, with arms outstretched and knees flexed. Both his hands have holes where small dance decorations, such as fans or maracas, were once placed. He wears an elaborately wrapped turbanlike headdress, and anklets, a necklace, and a vest which all would have made music along with the dance steps. The figure is also a whistle, and one can imagine a dancer or his accompanist playing such an instrument to structure the steps of a dance.
  • Art of Ancient America, 1500 B.C.-1400 A.D.. Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe. 1998-2008.
  • Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2012-2013.
  • Transformation: Art of the Ancient Americas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2018-2019.
Provenance David Stuart Galleries [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John G. Bourne, 1980s, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2009, by gift.
Credit Gift of John Bourne, 2009

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300 BCE-200 CE
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H: 9 3/16 x W: 6 5/8 x D: 4 in. (23.34 x 16.76 x 10.16 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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