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Hacha

600-900
7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

Unknown, Veracruz
Mexican

Object Type: Stonework
Medium and Support: Stone
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1971.14
Location: Currently on view
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The so-called hachas of the Mesoamerican ballgame were not axes as the Spanish name implies, but were named for their sharp, thin shape. Scholars debate over whether or not stone hachas functioned as markers on the ballcourt or representations of protective gear worn by the players. Hachas are frequently heads, which when worn on a player’s yoke might have alluded to a “trophy head” of the player’s previously defeated opponents.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Intermercado Limitado, San Jose, Costa Rica (dealers?); purchased from them by the Gallery in 1971

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