Mexico, Classic Veracruz Style / Ballgame Palma / c. 600-900Mexico, Classic Veracruz Style
Ballgame Palma
c. 600-900

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mexican
Creator Name-CRT: Mexico, Classic Veracruz Style
Title: Ballgame Palma
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 600
Creation End Date: 900
Creation Date: c. 600-900
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Stone
Dimensions: Overall: 49.2cm x 23.5cm x 11.4cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1973.3
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: Paul Tishman, NY
Style or Period: Mexico, Classic Veracruz Style
Context: In relief sculpture, ballplayers are depicted wearing palmas (objects shaped like palm fronds) at the waist, just above the protective yolk. Presumably, stone palmas are replicas of lighter-weight examples worn by ballplayers.The human-canine figure on the palma's front probably represents a ballplayer standing atop a platform. On the back of the palma, at the base of the carved scene, are two gesturing figures wearing animal masks. Above them is a platform on which an individual holding a blade prepares to sacrifice a recumbent victim. A canine and a deer reach down as if to receive the offering. Above them a rabbit and a feline gesture toward a descending bat deity, who grasps a severed human head, arm, and leg. The composition probably portrays a sequence of events; a contest or ceremony at the bottom, a sacrifice in the center, and the acceptance of the offering at the top.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1973.3
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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