(a) Shadow Player SKU: 101711

$2,500
Shadow Player
The ancient Maya Ballgame is symbolic of the battle between good and evil, life and death, as it has existed within the human experience since the beginning.
 
In the Popol Vuh, the Maya book of Creation, the Hero Twins played the Ballgame against the Lords of the Underworld. In defeating these Lords of darkness and death, the Twins made it possible for the true humans of our current cycle of creation to walk in light upon the face of the earth.

Here, a young man plays ball in the shadow of the ancient Ballplayers, using the thrust of his hip to knock a rubber ball weighing roughly as much as an adult human head through a stone ring.
 
According to tradition, if he makes the shot, the sun will rise another day, and life will go on. If not . . . .

Quintana Roo, Mexico  2001
Photo: © David Björkman
 
 
This elegant black-and-white photograph portrays the essence of the Maya Ballgame, and the skill and sacrifice of ballplayers throughout history, including our modern football and soccer players. The Maya Ballgame has been played since at least 1500 BC in specially built ballcourts, using a roughly 8-pound rubber ball capable of changing and deforming the hip and thigh bones of the Ballplayers as they repeatedly attempted to lob the ball through the stone ring. Here a boy practices directing the ball through a ring at a school for boys and young men who want to play the game of the ancients.  Part of a collection of photographs of pyramids and other subjects in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, it was exhibited at the Museo de las Americas in Denver, Colorado. Here, the image from the original (film) photograph has been faithfully reproduced by Inkjet onto Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta paper (100% Cotton, 315 gsm), which has been especially selected to show the rich details and shading inherent in the original. This photograph has been described as a "remarkable study in the balance of light and shadow," all the more remarkable in that the photographer captured the sequence on film as an action shot. An excellent companion to the photograph "Spirit Deer."
 
Only 40 prints will be made from this original film photograph, excluding an Artist Proof.
Dimensions: Horizontal image is 21 inches wide by 14 inches high with white borders for ease in framing.
 
Item: 101711  Price: $2,500
Print bears the artist's signature.
Letter of Authenticity is included. 
Price increases as the edition sells out. 
Ships flat to be framed by you. Limited time free shipping.
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