Colima Whistle in the Form of a Warrior
A Pre-Columbian Colima terracotta whistle modeled in the form of a warrior with a club and large shield.
West Mexican civilization dates to 2nd millennium BC. In the area of Colima on the Pacific coast, a rich pottery tradition arose at the end of the 1st millennium BC in which deep shaft tombs were often filled with pottery in the form animals and human figures, likely companions and offerings of sustenance for the Afterlife.
Formerly in the Albert Eisenlau collection: Hickey collection, 1963; Knox collection, Arizona.