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Lot 73a, Auction 8/17/2017: Fine Veracruz Stone Jaguar Head Hacha - Ex Arnovick

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Veracruz culture, ca. 6th to 8th century CE. This is a large piece of carved volcanic rock called a hacha, which was worn atop the protective yoke that ballplayers wore in ancient Mesoamerica. Hachas often depict heads, flattened to resemble a symbolic axe. This example is the snarling head of a jaguar. Similar examples of hachas have shells and plaster that form decorative elements (see, for example, the Fish Hacha held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art) - this piece may have at one point had some of those. The man objects we have found relating to the ballgame in ancient Mesoamerica speaks to its importance to their society. Imagine wearing this heavy piece of stone on your waist as you play a physically intensive sport! Size: 6.5" L x 5" W x 7.25" H (16.5 cm x 12.7 cm x 18.4 cm)

Condition: Wear to volcanic surface, but shape is clear.

Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, CA

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