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Lot 0569
**Originally Listed At $600**

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Vera Cruz, ca. 600 to 1100 CE. A rare stone palma or palmate stone, carved from volcanic stone in the form of an attentive dog, with an expressive countenance comprised of round eyes, a prominent snout, and front paws. 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. A wonderful example that shows beautifully. Especially ideal for all our dog lovers! Size: 5" L x 5.125" W x 7.5" H (12.7 cm x 13 cm x 19 cm)

Provenance: collection of the late Alfred E. Stendahl, Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Losses to peripheries as shown, expected surface wear commensurate with age.

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Veracruz Stone Palma (Attentive Dog)

Estimate $600 - $900
$2750 bids
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