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Vessel of a Bat Foot with Claws
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Vessel of a Bat Foot with Claws

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Description The bat appears with notable frequency in the art of Monte Albán and other Zapotec cities in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. Throughout Mesoamerica, bats were associated with death and sacrifice. In addition to figural funerary urns, forms of bat feet, such as this example, were also prevalent. The particularly long claws of this example are most similar to late variants of the form, leading to the chronological placement near the end of the Classic period of Zapotec culture.
Provenance Norman Lane, New Mexico, prior to March 2006; Austen-Stokes Ancient Americas Foundation [John Stokes as agent], March 28, 2006, by purchase [Arte Primitivo, New York, as agent]; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by gift.
Credit Gift of the Austen-Stokes Ancient Americas Foundation, 2007

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650-900 (Monte Albán IIIB-IV)
gray earthenware
Accession Number
4 1/8 x 7 1/4 in. (10.48 x 18.42 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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