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Lot 0303
**Originally Listed At $500**

Pre-Columbian, probably Guatemala, ca. 550 BCE. A head presenting hallmark Olmecoid facial features such as its jowly cheeks, a downturned jaguar mouth, and slanted eyes - carved from a grey volcanic stone. On the head is a helmet - the Olmec traditionally wore tight-fitting helmets and scholars believe that the resulting artificial cranial deformation was a sign of elite status. A special example. Size: 2.875" W x 3.75" H (7.3 cm x 9.5 cm)

Provenance: private Stagecoach, Nevada, USA collection; acquired from 1985 to present from galleries such as Arte Primitivo, Art For Eternity, Butterfields and Riverbend Gallery

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#128765

Condition

Eroded surface commensurate with age and weathering. Seems to have been carved as a head and probably not a fragment of a larger piece. Nice white mineral deposits - caliche.

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Olmecoid Stone Head

Estimate $700 - $1,050Apr 29
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