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POTTERY FIGURINE, BALLPLAYER, YOKE AND KNEEGUARDS
MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 30.3/ 1287
Locale: NOPILOA
Country: MEXICO
Period: LATE CLASSIC, circa A.D. 700 - 900
Material: CLAY
Dimensions: L:11.5 W:52 H:21.3 (in CM)
Technique: POTTERY, MOLD MADE
Acquisition Year: 1970 [GIFT]
Donor: SPERLING, B.
Keywords: FIGURINE, POTTERY
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Ceramic figure of a ballplayer wearing a yoke around his waist, kneeguards, and a necklace. Mold made figure with white and black paint. The ornate facial paint of this standing ballplayer indicates that gearing up for the game involved more than just getting dressed. He wears a U-shaped yoke and a knee protector (yuguito) in the form of a human face, and padded leg and wrist guards, which would have protected him during play. A circular pendant and ear ornaments complete his costume.
Exhibition History:
THE SPORT OF LIFE AND DEATH: THE MESOAMERICAN BALLGAME. MINT MUSEUM OF ART, CHARLOTTE, NC. September 2001 - January 2002


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