The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of June 28, 2017

Head Fragment, c. 900-300 BC

jadeite, Overall: 7.4 x 6.2 x 5 cm (2 7/8 x 2 7/16 x 1 15/16 in). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1961.31

This sensual head fragment may come from a seated or standing figure like those shown nearby, though much larger. The carving is exceptionally fine, from the slight under-eye puffiness to the delineation of the fleshy lips and the teeth. The profile face of supernatural being is incised just in front of each ear, perhaps indicating that the subject had special power.

Palm Beach, FL: The Society of the Four Arts; January 10 - February 1,1953. "Pre-Columbian Art: The Native Art of America Before the Conquest." Cat. no. 9, no repr.

Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art; June 7-September 8, 1991."Object Lessons: Cleveland Creates and Art Museum."

Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art; June 30-October 20, 1996. "Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico." cat. no. 59, p. 221, color.

Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; September 26, 2010- January 9, 2011. San Francisco, CA: The Fine Art Museums of San Francisco; February 19- May 30, 2011. "Olmec: Collossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico."

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