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Zapotec Bat Effigy Vessel - PF.1020
Origin: Oaxaca, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 4" (10.2cm) high x 5.75" (14.6cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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Description
It is immediately obvious that we are not in the presence of an ordinary bat: this is a creature of the supernatural night. The face has the fierce and haunting features of a demon, reflecting man's age-old fears about what lives in the darkness. The bat is of course a harmless, even a benevolent creature for the most part. But deep inside even the most rational person some apprehension lurks. This vessel is a stunning evocation of some primal, nightmare vision-- irrational and yet honest. - (PF.1020)

 

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