Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Olmec culture, ca. 10th to 6th century BCE. Hand-carved using string cutting and drilling from a pale green stone, this sculpture depicts a kneeling figure with his or her hands on his or her stomach. The face is classically Olmec, rounded and baby-like, with a pointed skull whose prevalence in Olmec art has suggested to researchers that the practice of skull-shaping may have been common in this culture. Size: 2.15" W x 4.3" H (5.5 cm x 10.9 cm)
Provenance: Whisnant Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA acquired over twenty years ago
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