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Fragment of a Yoke

300-900 CE
8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)

Unknown, Veracruz
Mexican

Object Type: Stonework
Medium and Support: Green stone
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Victor Logan
Accession Number: 1971.34
Location: Currently on view
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This is a fragment of a ceremonial stone yoke. The complete yoke was modeled after the much lighter protective belts worn sideways around players’ waists in the Mesoamerican ballgame. Much of the imagery associated with the ballgame involves blood and death, as the brutal game often ended in the sacrifice of the defeated team to nourish the earth and promote fertility. Many yokes were adorned with frog-like earth monsters believed to exist at the entrance to the Underworld.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Gabriel Bretón; Dr. Victor W. Logan, Rochester, NY; his gift to the Gallery in 1971

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