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Standing Figurine

Black and white photograph depicting a structure protruding from water
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Black and white photograph depicting a structure protruding from water


800–400 BCE


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, Gallery 136


Arts of the Americas




Standing Figurine


Mexico (Object made in)

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800 BCE–400 BCE


Green hornfels and cinnabar


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

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Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

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