The Mayan Ball Court

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The sculptural depiction of the Mayan ball court may be considered part of an iconographic system when analyzed as a symbolic as well as actual architectural setting. The Mayan ball game was an important cultural ritual with great religious and political significance. Like many sporting events, the game served as a proxy for and extension of war. The conflict within the game was reflective of the larger conflicts of war, often with similarly bloody results. This sort of overlap is common in Mayan belief and is often expressed in their art through what Miller and Houston have dubbed ‘resonance’. Resonance is the conflation, especially of text and image, to give a greater meaning to Mayan art than the sum of it’s basic parts through the extensive

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