South American Ocarinas

Pottery whistle in the form of a bird, Colombia, PM 35-42-30/950
Pottery whistle, Colombia, PM 26-64-30/F550
No-hole ocarina, Peru, PM 46-77-30/6915

Just as in Central America, ceramic ocarinas were important components of the musical traditions of pre-Columbian South America. Beautifully crafted ocarinas are known from archaeological sites in the highland and costal regions of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. Many are colorfully painted as well as molded into stylized animal and human forms.

Así como en América Central, las ocarinas de cerámica eran componentes importantes de la tradición musical en la Sudamérica precolombina. Se conocen ocarinas hermosamente modeladas de sitos arqueológicos en las regones montaños y costeras de Perú, Ecuador y Colombia. Muchas fueron pintadas de manera ricamente colorida así como modeladas accorde a la forma estilizada de figuras animales y humanas.