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Thanks, Michael, but I don't think so. I think their attraction is visual rather than acoustic. And the workmanship that went into each piece plus the risk of shatter if dropped would make such a use exceptionally risky. And why the variation in cross-section of the holes? I think it is most likely that they were seen as a special sign and challenge from the gods, and then beautified by carving the outsides in their image. The technology developed to carve them must have been extraordinary, and maybe they were seen as a challenge from on high - ‘look, earthlings, I have created these glass tubes with all sorts of holes, now you finish them, and prove your worth!’

I presume that these pieces all came from a very important tomb or tomb group, who knows, maybe even Niuheliang Burial Mound 13? Actually, I think the most probable site for burial of such important pieces was with the body of the King/Queen/High Priest, and somewhere close to the site of the glass quarry(s); it makes more religious sense (if that is not a contradiction in terms). But we have no idea what was taken from Burial Mound 13 between 2004 and 2008 under the very noses of those guards.

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