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Commonly known as The Wrestler, this sculpture of a shaven, bearded male shows a dynamism that is almost unique in all of Mesoamerica. Although scholars have been cautious in advancing an explanation of what this important piece might represent, it could be the depiction of a ballplayer.

Figure in very dynamic posture
Middle Pre-Classic (600-400 B.C.)
Minatitlán, State of Veracruz
63 x 40 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara