Veracruz Stone Yoke

 

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.
Height: 19 in. (48 cm).

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.

Inv#: 6934

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