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Anthropomorphic whistle / whistle in the shape of a figurine. Painted pottery. Possibly representing the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being AMB. Front: Face with white mouth-mask and headdress. Necklace made of square pieces. At figure's left: signifier with spiked / zig-zag edge and terminator with a head / face. The right hand holds a trophy head. Back: Painted orange trophy head in profile and a creature (serpent? frog?) with dark red eyes and a long, curved, red tongue protruding form white lips. The legs and feet of the anthropomorphic figure are painted on the back also, the rest of its back is plain dark brown. Modelled loop to attach a string to hang the whistle up.

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