Art of the Ancient Americas
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Ballplayer

A.D. 600–900

Ceramic with pigment

20.32 x 9.049 x 8.573 cm (8 x 3 9/16 x 3 3/8 in.)
Purchased with a bequest from Joan B. Rapp, B.L.S. 1991; the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund; and a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wardwell, B.A. 1957
2009.69.1
Culture: 
Mexico, probably Campeche, Jaina Island, Maya
Period: 
Late Classic Period
Classification: 
Sculpture
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Acquired from Peter I Hirsch in 1967 by Morton and Estelle Sosland.
Morton and Estelle Sosland Collection, sold to benefit the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, "Kansas City Collects", A Selection of Works of Art Privately Owned in the Greater Kansas City Area, January 22-February 28. 1975, by Ralph T. Coe, pg. 179, illus., caption 192c.

Bibliography: 

Nicholas M. Hellmuth, Pre-Columbian Ballgame: Archaeology and Architecture, 1, no. 1 (Providence, R.I.: Foundation for Latin American Anthropological Research, 1975), 16–17, ill.

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 144–145, ill.

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