Lot 83C: Vera Cruz Stone Palma, ex-Binoche Auction
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Veracruz, ca. 113411 600 to 1100 CE. A rare stone palma or palmate stone, carved from volcanic stone in the form of bird tailfeathers, with nicely incised details. Palmas (Spanish for 'palm frond') were either held in place by hand or attached to the front of a stone yoke that was in turn attached the hips as part of the Mayan ballgame uniform. During the actual ballgame, players donned little more than strategically placed protective gear. This game was fast and furious, played with a very heavy, and sometimes lethal, ball. So the uniform was created to protect the player, yet simultaneously allow for rapid, nimble movements. Shows beautifully with a custom, museum-quality stand. Size: palma measures 8" W x 15.25" H (20.3 cm x 38.7 cm); 16.75" H (42.5 cm) on stand
Provenance: Ex-Binoche Auction, Paris, France, April 16, 2008.
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Condition Report: Minor chips to peripheries and nick to backside as shown. Else intact and overall excellent.