The 5-foot-4 inch tall sculpture dates to at least 1,000 years ago and portrays a bow-legged individual with his arms crossed.
“We can say it is a ball player because of the attributes that this statue has,” Juan Pablo Sereno Uribe, an archaeologist at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), told Discovery News.
“A helmet is carved on the head, while the waist features a yugo. This is like a belt but stronger to protect this part of the body during the ball game,” Sereno Uribe said.
Story: Discovery News | Photo: INAH