Standing Figurine

A work made of green hornfels and cinnabar.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of green hornfels and cinnabar.

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. These may have marked a rite of passage, when young men were initiated into office as rulers, warriors, priests, or traders in the stratified Olmec society.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Olmec

Title

Standing Figurine

Origin

Mexico

Date

800 AD–400 AD

Medium

Green hornfels and cinnabar

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

Reference Number

1971.314

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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