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Model of a ballgame with spectators

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Description: Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America
The hollow figure has a vent in the bottom and loose pellets which rattle inside. The body is broad and fat, with very wide shoulders and no breasts. The legs are spread apart and folded beneath the figure...
PublisherYale University Art Gallery
Related print edition pages: pp.156-190
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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