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Vessel with Ballplayer

Vessel with Ballplayer

c. 600–1000
(Chocholá) style (250-900)
Diameter: 18.1 x 15.6 cm (7 1/8 x 6 1/8 in.); Overall: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Did You Know?

This vessel was once broken into 34 pieces before being repaired.

Description

Many Mesoamerican people played ball games, using their hips rather than hands and feet to keep the heavy, solid rubber ball in play. Here a Maya ballplayer, wearing a thick protector to shield his torso from injury, dives to intercept the ball, which hovers in front of his face. The scene is situated within stepped walls, probably those of a ball court.
  • ?-1971
    (Lee Moore: Fine Art of the Americas, Miami, FL, 1971, sold to James C. Gruener and Florence C, Gruener)
    1971-1990
    James C. [1903-1990] and Florence C. [1908-1982] Gruener, Cleveland, OH, bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1990
    The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Turner, Evan H. "Acquisitions: 1990." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 78, no. 2 (1991): 30-45. p. 33 www.jstor.org
    Young-Sánchez, Margaret. "The Gruener Collection of Pre-Columbian Art." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 79, no. 7 (1992): 234-75. Mentioned: cat. no. 88, p. 272, Reproduced: fig. 88, p.256 www.jstor.org
    Whittington, E. Michael. The Sport of Life and Death The Mesoamerican Ballgame. London: Thames & Hudson, 2001. Mentioned: cat. no. 111, p. 237
    Werness, Maline Diane. Chocholá Ceramics and the Politics of Northwestern Yucatán. 2010. Figure 86 and pp. 62, 168, 278
  • Artlens Exhibition 2019. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer).
    The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC (September 24-December 30, 2001); New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (February 16-April 28, 2002).
    The Gruener Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 4-November 29, 1992).
  • {{cite web|title=Vessel with Ballplayer|url=false|author=|year=c. 600–1000|access-date=16 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1990.180