Manoplas are part of the ballgame accoutrements, considered to be both ceremonial and functional objects. Manopla forms range from oblong to circular, occurring in the Gulf Coast and Maya highlands from the Preclassic era onward. Some have relief carving, but plain ones were likely used in the ballgame, as one shown being held on a Maya figurine (Leyenaar & Parsons, Ulama: the Ballgame of the Mayas and the Aztecs, 1988, pl. 21).
For examples of manoplas see Leyenaar & Parsons, ibid., cat. nos. 43-50, and Solís Olguín & Leyenaar, Mexico, Journey to the Land of the Gods, Art Treasures of Ancient Mexico, 2002, cat. no. 172).
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