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 Meso-American 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.