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Item Details
Public
Available to everyone
Culture
Maya
Title
Hacha (Ballcourt Marker)
Work Type
Sculpture
Date
600 - 900 AD
Location
Creation Site: Mesoamerica, Guatemala
Material
Fine-grained granite
Period
Late Classic
Measurements
11 3/8 x 8 3/8 x 1 1/8 in. (28.9 x 21.3 x 2.8 cm)
Description
The Ancient Maya believed that humans had animal selves into which they could change during rituals. This ballcourt marker illustrates the way [why], or animal spirit concept. The marker represents a howler monkey, while others like it depict parrots, crocodiles, and humans. One theory is that teams representing animals competed against humans in a cosmic struggle meant to reenact Creation.
Repository
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
Accession Number
1990.011.089
Subject
Sculpture
Source
Gift of William C. and Carol W. Thibadeau
Photographer: Michael McKelvey
Published References
Pre-Columbian Art in Southern Collections, September 9 - October 28, 1979 (Huntsville: The Museum, 1979), 33, 45, number 44.
Rebecca Stone-Miller, Seeing With New Eyes: Highlights of the Michael C. Carlos Museum Collection of Art of the Ancient Americas (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2002), 25, figure 25.
Exhibition History
Pre-Columbian Art in Southern Collections, Huntsville Museum of Art, September 9 - October 28, 1979
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, September 2002 - June 2012
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, February 9, 2013 - Present
On View
Yes
Rights
© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Michael McKelvey.
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File Properties
File Name
11007319.fpx
SSID
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