Jama-coaque whistling jar
This whistling bottle comes from the Jama-coaque culture, which inhabited the territory of modern-day Ecuador between 500 BCE and 500 CE.
It is a special kind of wind instrument that produces sound by the movement of water it contains, without any need for blowing into or over it. The water’s movement gives rise to an air current that produces a whistling sound. This instrument is capable of producing just one note, C#.
This style of whistling jar is related to examples made by contemporary cultures in Mexico and, unlike other whistling bottles from the Andean region, it has such a wide opening that it cannot be played by blowing into it.
The figure portrayed in this piece is playing a rondador (four-tube panpipe) with one hand, and shaking a maraca with the other.