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Ballgame Stone Head (Hacha)

Ballgame Stone Head (Hacha)

AD 450–550

Gray volcanic stone

Overall: 21.1 x 15.3 x 16.2 cm (8 5/16 x 6 x 6 3/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Wise 1945.124

Exhibition

Julie Mehretu: Portals (FRONT International: Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows)

Did you know?

This head’s identity is unknown but the deep furrows on the face suggest age.

Description

Little can be said about this head’s identity and meaning, although the deep, dramatic furrows that line the face suggest age and the crest that curves across the top of the head has been compared to that of a bird. Such heads were one element of the regalia used in an ancient ballgame associated with complex mythology and equally elaborate art production on Mexico’s Gulf Coast, in present-day Veracruz.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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