Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Flute with the Head of a Deity

A.D. 900–1519

Ceramic with pigment

3.4 × 2.4 × 17.2 cm (1 5/16 × 15/16 × 6 3/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Olsen
Veracruz, Mexico
Mexico, Veracruz, probably Isla de los Sacrificios
Early to Late Postclassic
Musical Instruments

Florence Quittenton Olsen (died 1996) and Frederick H. Olsen (1891–1986), Guilford, Conn., by 1959; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1959


Maryan Ainsworth, “A Flute in the Olsen Collection: Its Place in Pre-Columbian Music and Art,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 2 (Spring 1975): 26–27, fig. 3.

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 78–80, 247, no. 126, fig. 72.

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