Ballplayer Panel

A work made of limestone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone.

Date:

A.D. 700/800

Artist:

Late Classic Maya
Usumacinta River area, Mexico or Guatemala

About this artwork

In Central America, the best-known sculptors are the Maya, who decorated their temples and sacred precincts with finely carved stone reliefs representing powerful dynastic rulers involved in various secular and religious activities. This fragmentary ball-court panel from the late eighth century shows two men, dressed in elaborate costumes, engaged in a ritual ball game. Surrounding the figures, and clearly set off from them, are fragments of hieroglyphs by which the Maya identified the players and the date on which the game occurred.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Maya

Title

Ballplayer Panel

Origin

Usumacinta

Date

700 AD–800 AD

Medium

Limestone

Dimensions

43.2 × 25.1 cm (17 × 9.9 in.)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

Reference Number

1965.407

Extended information about this artwork

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