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Model of ballgame with spectators

ca. 100 B.C.- A.D. 250

Fired clay with traces of pigment

15 x 26 x 45.1 cm (5 7/8 x 10 1/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
1973.88.26
Culture: 
Mexico, Nayarit
Period: 
Preclassic
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

Salvador Toscano and Federico Canessi, Arte Precolombino del Occidente de Mexico (Mexico City: Direccin General de Educación Extra-Escolar y Estética, 1946).

Hasso Von Winning and Olga Hammer, Ancecdotal Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles, 1972).

Peter T. Furst, West Mexican Art: Secular or Sacred? The Iconography of Middle American Sculpture (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973), 98–133.

“Acquisitions, 1973,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 1 (Summer 1974): 77, ill.

Betty Bell, ed., The Archaeology of West Mexico (Ajijic, Mexico: West Mexican Society for Advanced Study, 1974).

Jacki Gallagher, Companions of the Dead: Tomb Sculpture from Ancient West Mexico, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 1983).

Alan Shestack, ed., Yale University Art Gallery Selections (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1983), 108–109, ill.

Ted J. Leyenaar and Lee Allen Parsons, Ulama: Het Balspel Bij de Maya’s en Azteken, 2000 v. Chr.–000 n. Chr.: Van Mensenoffer Tot Sport (The Ballgame of the Mayas and Aztecs, 2000 B.C.–2000 A.D.: From Human Sacrifice to Sport) (Leiden, Netherlands: Spruyt, Van Mantgem, & De Does, 1988).

Michael Kan, Clement W. Meighan, and Henry B. Nicholson, Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico: Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, 2, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1989).

Handbook of the Collections (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 314, ill.

Mary Miller and Karl Taube, An Illustrated Dictionary of The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1993), 42–44.

Helen Pollard, “Recent Research in West Mexican Archaeology,” Journal of Archeological Research 5 (1997): 345–84.

Richard F. Townsend, ed., Ancient West Mexico: Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past, exh. cat. (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998), 162–63, fig. 21.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 167–68, fig. 166.

Ronald J. Meyers, “Literature and Sport as Ritual and Fantasy,” Papers on Language and Literature 37, no. 4 (2001): Cover image.

Mary Miller, The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec, 5th ed. (London: Thames and Hudson, 2012), 67, fig. 55.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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