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Veracruz Pottery Zoomorphic Priest Ocarina, Rattle

Veracruz Pottery Zoomorphic Priest Ocarina, Rattle

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Veracruz Pottery Frog Ocarina and Rattle. Erotic Ocarina in the form of a frog with an erection. Vessel contains interior beads that rattle when shaken. Multiple holes allow various musical pitches. Poly chromed with traces of green, red, brown still intact. Adorable smiling face and wide open eyes with flattened nose. Neck framed by a layered panache of feathers and roundels adorn forehead and chest area. Mexico, ca. 600 - 900 C.E., On custom stand, 8 1/2" high. Ex: The Lands Beyond, New York. According to Mexico lore, this Frog-shaped pottery ocarina would almost certainly have been played by groups of musicians mimicking the croaking sound of frogs heralding rain, effectively ‘calling’ the gods for rain; just as rattlesnake-shaped rainsticks were shaken to the same end (rattlesnakes are always much more active in the rainy season) - what Kurath and Martí call ‘imitative music’. Mesoamerican peoples were very closely in touch with nature, and expressed that relationship through their senses and in the arts. Choice of materials was important: a clay resonator produces the most authentic sound for mimicking a frog’s croaking voice.