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Guanacaste-Nicoya Bat Effigy Bowl - PF.2245
Origin: Western Costa Rica
Circa: 1000 AD to 1350 AD
Dimensions: 5.125" (13.0cm) high x 9.5" (24.1cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terra Cotta


Location: UAE
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The bat was worshiped as a god in the Isthmus regions of Ancient America. In this unusual votive vessel, the snarling head of a fanged bat rises from a graceful, incised bowl. The fierce bat head seems meant to frighten away evil, to repel bad spirits from the sacrificial contents of the bowl. The magic surrounding such a piece survives the ages intact. If our intentions were anything less than good, we might hesitate to put our hands near this fierce guardian. - (PF.2245)

 

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