Aztec limestone plaque
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Plaque, limestone. Size: 21.25 x 22 inches. From Chincultic, Chiapas. The band of hieroglyphics around the border of this plaque represents (among other things) a certain day in the year 590 A.D. The figure in the center is a kneeling ballplayer. The headdress worn by the figure was more than likely not worn during the game. Notice the thigh, knee and footpads on the right leg and protective pad on the right arm. The hard ball used in this game was about the size of a child's head and had to be put through stone rings high up on the vertical walls of the ballcourt, using only the player's back and knees. Incan Artifacts 16 History; 17 Geography; 25-27 Fine Arts
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
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