Museum Collections - Mesoamerica - Maya (Before A.D. 1520) - Artifact #6

Cylinder vase depicting a ballplayer - Maya (Before A.D. 1520)

WHO: Maya culture

WHERE: Peten Lowlands, Guatemala

WHEN: Late Classic Period, A.D. 600 - 850

WHAT: Cylinder vase depicting players of the Maya ballgame. The painted scene provides information on the equipment required for the game, including leg protection, the padded white waist yoke, and perhaps the unusual upper-body costume. We can assume that the attire is exaggerated here or is an example of pre-game ceremonial garb, for he could scarcely have controlled the black rubber ball in front of him while dressed in an elaborate headdress and a long skirt.
Height: 24.2cm

HOW: Coil-built earthenware, polychrome slip decoration.

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.109

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