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Ballgame Yoke

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U-shaped yokes, worn around the waists of ballplayers, were used to strike the solid, rubber ball. This stone yoke is too heavy to be worn during a game; the actual equipment was made of wood and leather. This yoke's carved image of a bearded person-perhaps the mythical hero...

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Jay C. Leff Collection, Uniontown, Pennsylvania by October 1959; sold Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 23 May 1970, lot 113; private collection, United States, until 2003; sold Christie's, Paris, 10 December 2003, lot 496; to MFA, purchase.

Credit Line

Gift of Lavinia and Landon T. Clay

Veracruz culture, Classic Period, A.D. 450–700

Object Place

El Tajin, Veracruz, Mexico


Overall: 42 cm (16 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Carved stone




Ritual Objects