This cast stone Olmec colossal head is a replica of a head from the Olmec civilization in Mexico. It stands 9″ tall x 6.5″ wide x 6.5″ deep. Comes with a beautiful coffee table book titled ‘Olmec – Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico’ which depicts many photos of excavated items from this civilization. Both are in excellent condition. Great addition to you collection! Free shipping.
About Olmec Heads:
The original heads were carved from single blocks of volcanic basalt found in the Tuxtlas Mountains in Mexico and weigh between 25 and 55 short tons. The original heads range from 5 to 9 feet tall and were discovered beneath the jungle floor in 1862. Only 17 heads, each different, have been found throughout Mexico since the first discovery in 1862. Some were moved great distances from mountain quarries through rugged terrain to centers like San Lorenzo, Veracruz. The colossal heads were perhaps portraits of great rulers. They usually display the insignia of a ruler, and exhibited thick features and helmet-like headgear, probably for ceremonial ballgames. The Olmec society consisted of fixed classes of priests, bureaucrats, merchants and craftspeople. These mysterious statues have become the icons of the Olmec civilization.
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