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CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Large, heavy U-shaped stone believed to be a ritual copy of a wooden protector worn by players of the Mesoamerican ball game during the Classic period. It was worn on the hips and decorated with carved designs with double-edge scrolls. The term is also used for the wooden crosspiece fastened over the necks of a pair of oxen or horses and attached to the plow, cart, or wagon to be drawn.

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