Vessel with a Ball Game Scene

Vessel with a Ball Game Scene is a Maya ceramic vessel depicting a prince with a headdress with his rand resting on a ball during the game.
Mexico or Guatemala, Maya culture
Late Classic period (A.D. 600–900)
c. A.D. 700–800
Polychromed ceramic
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); Diam. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
AP 1989.05
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The figures on Vessel with a Ball Game Scene are engaged in a ritual ball game commonly played in Late Classic period (A.D. 600–900) Maya cities. The protective ball game equipment includes a heavy wood-and-leather belt and knee pad. The figure with his hand on the ball is wearing a deer headdress, often worn by victorious ballplayers. The glyphic text in front of his head gives his name and describes him as a prince (chok). The background shows the pyramid steps upon which spectators would have watched the game.


Private collection, United States 1980s; (Fort Worth Gallery, Fort Worth); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1989.