Small temple with female ballplayer, next to her two dwarfs. Women are unlikely to have taken part in the ballgame, but had ritual functions. Funerary gift from the burial site on the Isle of Jaina, Mexico. Clay (600-900 CE). Maya
The man-made island of Jaina, off the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the State of Campeche, was an extremely important Mayan ritual and religious site in the Classic Period (600 – 900 AD). This exhibition presents a selection of over 50 “Jaina style” figurines discovered on the island that depict various aspects of Mayan cosmology, religious beliefs and society, accompanied by a small selection of vessels and objects.
Commissioned by the chief wife of a king on the day of his accession to the throne, it shows her having pierced her tongue with a stingray spine. She allows the blood to be absorbed by bark paper, which is burned as an offering to the gods.