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Codex Borbonicus: Illustration of a ballcourt

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Description: Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past
Everyone who visits the grand archaeological sites of Mesoamerica will find, among the tiered pyramids, open plazas, royal residences, and processional ways, certain open courts, usually made in the shape of a capital I, with parallel stands along the sides, markers set at regular intervals, and defined zones at either end. These are ballcourts, where games were played between two teams using a latex rubber ball. Played for sport, to adjudicate quarrels, or for a range of ritual occasions …
PublisherArt Institute of Chicago
Related print edition pages: pp.151-167

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