Figure of Trumpeter
Molded and hollow anthropomorphic figure, depicting a man playing a conch trumpet. The character is sitting cross-legged, has slanted eyes, long ears and has no clothes, nor hair. He wears round earplugs and his face is decorated with yellow and red lines.
Clay figurines are some of the most popular forms of Pre-Columbian art throughout the continent, with a variety of forms as well as with domestic, ritual and funerary functions. Often, they are also musical instruments such as whistles, ocarinas, flutes and rattles. In general, all the figurines represent characters from different social strata, as well as deities and animals. It is common to find both women and men figurines portraying richly dressed nobles with headdresses and jewelry, but we can also find scribes, dwarves, warriors, dancers, children, ballplayers, captives and even drunkards. In reality, they represent a range of human activities and occupations, which are a reflection of social relationships.
To learn more, you can read the work of:
Halperin, Christina T. “The Figurines of Motul de San José: Production and Representation”
Paredes Maury, Sofía. 2010. “El Uso de las Trompetas de Caracol entre los Mayas”. Fundación La Ruta Maya, Guatemala (digital versión in Spanish)