Mar 3, 2011
Mar 3, 2011
Mar 3, 2011
Mar 3, 2011

Ballgame Thin Stone Head (Hacha)

Ballgame Thin Stone Head (Hacha)

AD 600–900

Stone

Overall: 20 x 6.8 x 14.3 cm (7 7/8 x 2 11/16 x 5 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1945.33

Location

Did you know?

The interlaced designs on this head’s forehead are similar to a Maya symbol for rulership.

Description

This enigmatic head is associated with an ancient ballgame played both for sport and ceremonial purposes on Mexico’s Gulf Coast, in present-day Veracruz. It may represent an elite ballplayer or ballgame patron—the forehead is incised with interlaced designs similar to the so-called mat motif, a Maya symbol for rulership. Such heads are known as hachas (Spanish for “axe”) because they often taper to a thin edge at the front, giving them the appearance of axe heads.

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

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