Mayan Bat Effigy Vase, Ancient West Mexico Pre-Columbian Art

P-2552 Mayan Tripod Vase Featuring Bat Effigies

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Honduras, probably Ulua Valley, Late Classic, ca. A.D. 550-950.

This polychrome cylinder, standing on three feet, is painted in dark and light orange against a black rim and three circles enclosing effigies of elaborately painted bats with jaguar heads. The field is decorated with rows of diamonds enclosing cross-hatching. This is a very dramatic work of art.

Dimensions: Height: 7.3 in. (18.5 cm.); Diameter: (13.5 cm.)

Provenance: From a Santa Barbara, California collection formed during the 1960s-'70s.