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Palma

Arts of the Americas

Like hachas, palmas (literally, “palm branches”) were worn as appendages on the front of ballgame belts. The sinuously carved scroll designs on this example may signify blood, and therefore sacrifice.

Al igual que las hachas, las palmas (por su semejanza a hojas de palma) se usaban como apéndices al frente de los cinturones del juego de pelota. Los diseños de volutas grabados en este ejemplo pueden significar sangre, y por lo tanto sacrificio.
CULTURE Totonac
MEDIUM Basalt stone
  • Place Found: Veracruz, Mexico
  • DATES 700-900
    PERIOD Late Classic Period
    DIMENSIONS 30 x 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (76.2 x 24.1 x 15.9 cm)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 59.237.7
    CREDIT LINE By exchange
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Palm-shaped stone sculpture decorated with carved scroll designs and representing a decorative element that was worn on the front of ball game belts. Condition: good.
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