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Bat effigy

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Ameca-Etzatlán-style hollow effigy figurine depicting a bat with open mouth, large protruding tongue and prominant, anthropomorphic genitalia. Manganese stains the effigy's burnished surface. His neck is pierced laterally, perhaps to allow for suspension on a cord. His solid tail serves as a...

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Provenance

Margret Craver Withers collection (acquired in Mexico and Guatemala) by 1972; to MFA, November 1993, gift of Margret Craver Withers.

Credit Line

Gift of Margret Craver Withers

Jalisco, Late Preclassic period, 300 B.C.–A.D. 200

Object Place

Jalisco, México

Dimensions

Overall: 10.4 x 5.3 x 6.2 cm (4 1/8 x 2 1/16 x 2 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1993.772

Medium or Technique

Earthenware

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Figurines