Ballgame Thin Stone Head (Hacha)

Ballgame Thin Stone Head (Hacha)


Stone, pigment traces

Overall: 23.7 x 6.9 x 15.8 cm (9 5/16 x 2 11/16 x 6 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.248


In contrast to other ballgame sculptures on display, it seems unlikely that thin stone heads, known as hachas, are renditions of actual ballgame gear. Their use remains unclear, but the notch at the back of most examples suggests they might have served as architectural ornaments during play or game ceremonies. Also, in a few artistic depictions of game ceremonials, such heads rest upon U-shaped hip protectors, like one nearby.

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