mould / games/sporting equipment / yoke
Greenstone yoke mould with relief carving in the form of a toad. Used to shape the protective leather belts worn by players of the Mesoamerican ballgame.
- Excavated/Findspot: Veracruz
- (Americas,North America,Mexico,Veracruz)
- Height: 12 centimetres
- Width: 39.5 centimetres
Slip "St.398".Text from McEwan, C. Ancient American Art in Detail. The British Museum Press, 2009, p.111:
"Sculptures like this were once erroneously interpreted as 'yokes' worn when playing the Mesoamerican ballgame. In fact they were used as moulds for shaping the protective leather belts secured to the waists of players to cushion the impact of the heavy rubber ball. The ball court itself was a carefully circumscribed sacred space and a symbolic entrance to the Underworld for the losers in what was a life-and-death contest. The toad lives at the threshold between the earthly and subterranean worlds."
2010-2011, London, BM/BBC, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
2014 April-June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, "History of the World" PROMISED
10 March 1994
Surface dirt from storeage/handeling.
Cleaned with distilled water and Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate).
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- Am186?C5.398 (old CDMS no.)
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Object reference number: ESA2440
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