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Art of the Ancient Americas
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Maker: Unknown

Flask with Ballplayer

A.D. 600–900

Ceramic with pigment

12.7 cm (5 in.)
Gift of Peter David Joralemon, B.A. 1969, M.Phil. 1974
Made in Guatemala
or made in Mexico
On view
Mexico or Guatemala, Maya
Late Classic
Containers - Metals

Bonhams Fine African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art, 13 May 2010
Sale # 18189, lot number 2149.

Acquired from Economos Works of Art, Santa Fe, NM, May 2010

Ex-collection: John Platt/Daniel M. Friendenberg, Greenwich: Arte Primitivo, New York, December 1, 2003


Linda Schele and Mary E. Miller, The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art (Fort Worth, Tex.: Kimbell Art Museum, 1986), 264, plate 103.

Hasso Von Winning, The John-Platt Collection of Pre-Columbian Art (Charlottesville, Va.: University of Virginia, 1986), 79, fig. 156.

Christie’s New York, New York, Fine Pre-Columbian Art, sale cat. (November 21, 2006), 18–19, sale No. 1775, lot 28, ill.

“Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2018.pdf (accessed December 1, 2018).

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.