Clay trumpet shaped as a Jaguar with curved end


National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi
New Delhi , India

Large orange-brown glazed terracotta trumpet depicting a ferocious, open-mouth animal can be slated as acoustic instrument. This is a uniquely styled pottery trumpet ending in the form of head of a wild beast probably a Jaguar. Graves in Peru have yielded trumpets of fired clay , sometimes painted or decorated with figures. According to scholars, they were produced with a precise tuning in mind. Trumpets were composed of a straight ceramic tube flaring outward at the end. As panpipes, they are often decorated with supernatural zoomorphic creatures executed with the polychrome slip technique.


  • Title: Clay trumpet shaped as a Jaguar with curved end
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 200/700
  • Location: Mochica, North Coast, Peru
  • Physical Dimensions: h16 x l35.5 cm
  • Accession Number: 67. 273

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