A Chorrera whistling vessel
A ceremonial whistling vessel in the form of an owl. Whistling bottles would have been used as an important part of community ceremonies, including funerals, where they would be used to offer a drink to the dead or the spirits. The sound is a way of making the bottle more powerful. It has been said that the whistle is meant to represent the spirit voices as they receive the offering of the drink. Others say it may also imitate the sounds of different animals.
A beautiful reddish-brown colour. Ecuador, Chorrera culture.
Date 1500 - 500 B.C.
Provenance: old Dutch collection.
Height 20,7 cm / 8,15 inch.