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Olmec Stone Sculpture of a Were-Jaguar - PF.1448
Origin: Mexico
Circa: 900 BC to 500 BC
Dimensions: 8" (20.3cm) high
Catalogue: V11
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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The first great culture of ancient Mexico, the Olmecs left behind a remarkable artistic legacy. Flourishing for centuries, the Olmec civilization vanished suddenly as it arose. Only mysterious clues survive as testaments to their greatness. Olmec artists especially excelled at works in stone, carving sculpture that radiates a haunting power. This extraordinary piece depicts a Were- jaguar, the offspring from the primeval mating of man with beast, a central figure in Olmec religion. Majestic, hypnotic, it glows with an energy that far exceeds its actual size. Even in a world that has forgotten myth, its power rivets our attention. - (PF.1448)

 

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