Mexico, Olmec, 1200-300 BC
c. 900-300 BC
Overall - h:7.40 w:6.20 d:5.00 cm (h:2 7/8 w:2 7/16 d:1 15/16 inches)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
not on view
This sensual head fragment comes from a seated or standing figure like those shown nearby, though larger, The pillowy flesh beneath the eyes and the lips, which are parted as though in speech or breath, help to convey a remarkable sense of vitality. Very faintly incised in front of each ear is the profile head of a supernatural creature (see photo).