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Overall: 43.5 x 24 x 15 cm (17 1/8 x 9 7/16 x 5 7/8 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.253
Stone palmas, so-called today for their palm-frond-like shape, are ceremonial sculptures that may replicate lightweight gear worn over the chest during the ballgame. Palma imagery is not well-studied and the meaning of the caiman (New World alligator) carved on both sides of this example is unknown. The tail is beautifully adapted to the palma's curved upper edge.
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