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Playground of the Gods - The Ballgame in Precolumbian Art

January 17, 2002-March 8, 2003
Location: Unspecified location
Curator: Yvonne Fleitman
Playground of the Gods - The Ballgame in Precolumbian Art: The familiar sight of two teams on a sports field competing for control of a rubber ball has its roots in Mesoamerica almost 4,000 years ago. Thus far over 1,500 ballcourts have been found near temples, testifying to the popularity of the sport and its important ritual, social, and political role. The exhibition included the world's oldest ballmarker, figures of players, stone replicas of equipment, and ceramics depicting the mythological stories behind the game.