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Mayan Stone Hacha - PF.4499
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 10.75" (27.3cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Mayan
Medium: Stone

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 Meso-American culture, considered necessary to maintain the cosmic cycle. The game was both a sport and a sacrificial ritual. The Hacha was used either as a trophy head or extra weight to test the physical prowess of the player and made out of heavy stone. The game itself used a large rubber ball, which could be hit by the elbows, knees or hips but could not be touched by the hands or feet. This particular Hacha is a perfectly executed shape and design, which demonstrates the importance of such apiece. The dark gray stone used helps to visually promote the simple decoration encircling the face. With such workmanship, one can see the importance of this deadly sport. - (PF.4499)


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