Ballgame Palma

Ballgame Palma


Stone, pigment

Overall: 43.5 x 24 x 15 cm (17 1/8 x 9 7/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.253



Stone palmas, so-called today for their palm-frond-like shape, are ceremonial sculptures that may replicate lightweight gear worn over the chest during the ballgame. Palma imagery is not well-studied and the meaning of the caiman (New World alligator) carved on both sides of this example is unknown. The tail is beautifully adapted to the palma's curved upper edge.

See also
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
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