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This piece was found in one of Xochicalco's many ballcourts. The association of macaws and ballcourts is also documented for Tula and, most famously, with the Maya site of Copán. They have been described as ballgame markers, but their true use remains unknown.

Macaw head
Late Classic (600-900 A.D.)
Xochicalco, State of Morelos
56.5 x 38 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara