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.
Late Classic Period
30 x 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (76.2 x 24.1 x 15.9 cm) (show scale)
Palm-shaped stone sculpture decorated with carved scroll designs and representing a decorative element that was worn on the front of ball game belts.
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Totonac. Palma, 700-900. Basalt stone, 30 x 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (76.2 x 24.1 x 15.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 59.237.7. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 59.237.7.jpg)
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