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Mayan White Stone Hacha - CK.0297
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 500 AD to 900 AD

Collection: Pre-Columbian


Location: United States
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The ball game, perhaps ritually signifying the transit of the sun and moon between the celestial and terrestrial spheres, was an important event in Mesoamerican culture, considered necessary to maintain the cosmic cycle. The game was both a sport and a sacrificial ritual. Made out of heavy stone, the hacha was possibly used as an extra burden of weight to test the physical prowess of the player. In fact, relief sculptures and terracotta figures show axe-shaped objects attached to ball- players’ belts, which were used as deflectors and protectors. The game itself used a large rubber ball that could be hit by the elbows, knees or hips but could not be touched by the hands or feet. This is one of the later style hachas that were typically flatter than the earlier examples that were larger and rounder. Some scholars believe that the origin of hachas might be traced back to trophy heads. - (CK.0297)

 

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