Olmec Terracotta Head

Olmec Terracotta Head

A Pre-Columbian Olmec terracotta head with a red and black helmet and cream colored face with deep angular eyes and pierced ears.

Southern Mexico.
Ca. 900 - 600 BC.
Height: 4 1/4 in. (11 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.

Formelry in a New York private collection; acquired at Sotheby Parke-Bernet prior to 1984.

Inv#: 8199

$4,000



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