Olmec Jade Mask

Olmec Jade Mask

A Pre-Columbian Olmec jade mask of convex form portraying a grimacing face representing the crying Rain Spirit.

Southern Mexico.
Ca. 900-600 BC.
Height: 3 3/8 in. (8.8 cm).

The first major civilization Meso-America was that of the Olmec. They established themselves In the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico around 1500 BC. The Olmec were very advanced, with monumental architecture, colossal statuary, and an aristocracy that enjoyed fine objects of personal adornment in jade and obsidian that were imported from areas hundreds of miles away.

cf.: K. Berrin & V. M. Fields, eds., Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, (New Haven), pl. 77 -78, Museo de Antropologia, Xalapa, 10-582842, 04008, 04009, 04010 and 04013.

Formerly in the P. G. collection, Anaheim, California, inherited in the 1970's.

Inv#: 5803


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