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