Ocarinas of the Americas: Music Made in Clay


Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9:00am to 5:50pm


Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Four Hole Ocarina Bird from Costa RicaExhibition dates: Saturday, October 3–June 30, 2020, 9 AM–5 PM
Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

This exhibit will feature over 100 spectacular examples of ocarinas from the Peabody Museum’s vast collection. Uncovered at archaeological sites in Central America and Mexico, these musical instruments were crafted from local low-fired clay and carefully fashioned, incised, and painted into a variety of human and animal forms.

Visitors to this multisensory exhibit will hear soundscapes that feature the varied tones and melodies produced by ocarinas, from the whimsical to the deeply haunting. Ocarinas of the Americas: Music Made in Clay also explores the history and cultural significance of these extraordinary works of art and sound that have inspired invention and captured the modern imagination. 

The exhibition opens on the same day as two other events:

Amazing Archaeology Fair at Harvard, an afternoon of hands-on archaeology fun at the Peabody Museum and the adjacent Harvard Semitic Museum.

Zooarchaeology Lab Open House, where visitors can get animal bones identified and explore the world of zooarchaeology.