Monkey skull effigy handstone - ROM2007_9004_1


Monkey skull effigy handstone

Maker: Maya
Medium:Limestone, shell, iron pyrite
Geography: Caracol, Belize
Date: 250-600 AD
Period: Early Classic Period
11 × 12 cm
Object number: 971.466
Not on view
DescriptionThis monkey stone is made out of limestone and the teeth are inlays of shell and iron pyrite. Skulls, like this one, were important ritual items with links to the underworld and may have been related to the Maya ball game. The stone was recovered from tomb B2 in Caracol during A. Hamilton Anderson's excavations of the sprawling site in the 1950s.
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