Veracruz Stone Yoke
An ancient Pre-Columbian Veracruz stone yoke of closed shape form with the face of a deity on the lower surface.
Ca. 600 - 900 AD.
These massive stone yokes were likely ceremonial representations of the protective guards worn by ancient Mesoamerican Ballgame players. The 'game' itself often resulted in the ritual sacrifice of the losing team.
Ct.: for a very similar closed yoke, Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 69.237,
Formerly in the collection of Hiroshi Miura, Tokyo, prior to 1970; subsequently in a New York private collection.