(b) Spirit Deer SKU: 101710

$2,500
Spirit Deer
In this mysterious image, Spirit Deer, a Maya Ballplayer, positions himself in a reconstruction of the ancient Maya ballcourt to hit an eight-pound rubber ball representing the sun through a stone ring.
 
Each Classic and Post-Classic Maya city had a ballcourt. The Ballgame symbolized the battle of good against evil, light against dark, as told in the Popol Vuh, the Maya book of Creation. Playing this game of life and death, Ballplayers often adopted an animal or a bird totem they believed would give them superior strength and skill against their opponents. For this Ballplayer, the deer might impart the qualities of speed and agility, while the bird feathers might give him lift and sharp sight.
 
In the original Maya Creation story, when the Hero Twins defeated the nine Lords of the Underworld in a Ballgame, they made it possible for the true humans to walk in light on the face of the earth.
 
Quintana Roo, Mexico 2001
Photo: © David Björkman
 
 
This exquisite black-and-white photograph hints at the complex mindset of the Maya Ballplayers who participated in this ancient game of life and death - Maya experts posit that players on the losing team were sometimes sacrificed. 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 Ballplayers' hip and thigh bones as they repeatedly attempted to lob it though the ring. Ancient players are thought to have worn the skins of oscelots, adorned themselves with feathers, and painted their faces and bodies in designs - all to give them strength, courage and skill in the game. Part of a collection of photographs of pyramids and other subjects in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, this image was exhibited at the Museo de las Americas in Denver, Colorado. Here, the image from the original (film) photograph has been faithfully reproduced by Inket 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 is all the more remarkable in that it was captured on film as an action shot.
 
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: 101710  Price: $2,500
Print bears the artist's signature.
Letter of Authenticity is included.
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