Blue glazed ceramic ocarina
The ocarina is an ancient flute-like wind instrument with an enclosed space with four finger holes on top and 2 at the bottom and a mouthpiece that projects from the body.
It produces a sound that we immediately with South America.
This flute doesn't require much practise and you will master it in no time.
This ocarina measures 8 cm wide and 10 cm long (thus suited for children). It has a hole for a lanyard.
History of the ocarina
The ocarina belongs to a very old family of instruments, believed to date back to over 12,000 years. Ocarina-type instruments have been of particular importance in Asian and Mesoamerican cultures.
In Japan, the traditional ocarina is known as the tsuchibue (literally "earthen flute").
Different expeditions to Mesoamerica, including the one conducted by Cortés, resulted in the introduction of the ocarina to the courts of Europe.
Both the Mayans and Aztecs had produced versions of the ocarina, but it was the Aztecs who brought to Europe the song and dance that accompanied the ocarina.