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Through an ingenious system for the channeling of a column of air through a lower passage, thanks to the pressure exerted by water poured into the cup-like vessel, the figurine standing on the other end of this piece was made to "whistle" through a whistle modelled in the clay under it.

Whistling vessel
Northern cultures
Late Classic (600-900 A.D.)
Cóporo, State of Guanajuato
17 x 28.5 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara