Head Fragment

Head Fragment

c. 900-300 BC


Overall: 7.4 x 6.2 x 5 cm (2 15/16 x 2 7/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1961.31

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In ancient Mesoamerica, jade was more valuable than gold.


This sensual head fragment may come from a seated or standing figure like those shown nearby, though much larger. The carving is exceptionally fine, from the slight under-eye puffiness to the delineation of the fleshy lips and the teeth. The profile face of supernatural being is incised just in front of each ear, perhaps indicating that the subject had special power.


Precious Material
Olmec Sculpture
A Ritual Offering
See also
AA - Mesoamerica
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 

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