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Standing Figurine

Frament of a standing male figure, carved in greenstone, with abtracted face displaying down-turned mouth. Light incising suggests a loincloth.
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  • Frament of a standing male figure, carved in greenstone, with abtracted face displaying down-turned mouth. Light incising suggests a loincloth.

Date:

800/400 B.C.

Artist:

Olmec
Veracruz, Mexico

About this artwork

In the Gulf Coast lowlands of Veracruz and Tabasco between 900 and 400 B.C., Olmec rulers built cities with ceremonial earthen pyramids, platforms, and plazas. Monumental sculptures depict rulers and mythological themes, while small-scale figurines and related works commemorate important events. This figurine was found near the Coatzacoalcos River during the 1960s. It is carved in the style of figurines from a ritual offering at the major capital La Venta.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Culture

Olmec

Title

Standing Figurine

Origin

Mexico

Date

800 BCE–400 BCE

Medium

Green hornfels and cinnabar

Dimensions

H. 30.2 cm (11 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

Reference Number

1971.314

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