Kneeling Figure

Kneeling Figure

c. 1200-600 BC

Stone

Overall: 26.3 x 20 x 21.3 cm (10 3/8 x 7 7/8 x 8 3/8 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1951.179

Fun Fact

An observant traveler discovered the left knee and hand fragment, orginally missing and now reunited.

Description

Outside of the Maya, Olmec sculptures of humans have a naturalism unknown in other Mesoamerican artistic traditions. On this finely carved figure, the musculature of the arms, torso, and legs is carefully depicted, and even the fingernails and toenails and are shown.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Stone
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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