Ceramic Standing Bat Sculpture Mexico Fine Folk Art Collectible Adrian Martinez
- Incredible Standing Bat Sculpture
- Height- 12 3/4"
- Wide- 9"
- Thick- 6"
- This beautiful standing bat Sculpture was made by award winning potter/ceramist Adrian Martinez.
- He is the son of Ana Maria Alarzon, Master ceramics teacher and founder of Taller Coatlicue, the family studio also located in Atzompa. Together with his mother, father, and brothers, Adrian works using varied ceramics techniques, keeping alive ancestral techniques that the combine with contemporary practices.
- At the age eleven, Adrian began to learn about clay, watching his parents and family create magnificent works of art. Adrian had the knowledge of ceramics in his genes. Adrian was preceded by seven generations of ancestor ceramicists.
- We met Adrian and were so impressed with his knowledge of the arts and ceramics techniques from the chemistry of the materials. He is filled with knowledge of his ancestors and their customs from ancient times. We were honored to listen to this incredible young master.
- Zapotec by birth, Adrian has reached artistic heights exhibiting and presenting his art. He has presented solo exhibitions, participated in group exhibitions, and taught workshops in the highly respected Museums of Mexico City and internationally.
- Adrian is world famous, he has had exhibitions in Mexico, Europe and throughout the world. His works can be found in museums, in books acknowledging his works and in private collectors home.
- This amazing bat sculpture is made of local clay found in the hills of Oaxaca, Mexico.
- The large bat is speckled with an orange color. The bat is standing on a round clay stand.
- The orange tongue and orange penis add to this great bat sculpture.
- All kinds of bats (or zotz (also spelled sotz') in a lot of Mayan languages) live in the Maya area. It makes sense then, that bats became part of the Maya civilization, including religious beliefs, their writing system, and their calendar.
- What the Maya Thought of Bats
- Two things the ancient Maya connected bats to were caves and the underworld -- they also thought that bats were messengers from the underworld. The Maya also connected bats with sacrifice -- they drew bats with symbols of sacrifice, like “death eyes” around their neck (or on their wings) and a sort of split scroll coming out of its mouth that might be a symbol for blood.
- Three other possible views the ancient Maya may have had – according to a paper called Bats and the Camazotz: Correcting a Century of Mistaken Identity are: as a wahy, a choice for a city name, and as a pollinator.
- We will make sure the bat is extremely well packed and insured.