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Oblong Perforated Ornament

Oblong Perforated Ornament

Part of miscellaneous collection forwarded by Dr. Sartorius. jade ornament with piercings at raised edge.

Bowl

Bowl

Black slipped bowl. Gift from the National Museum of Mexico in 1878.

Jade Spoon Pendant

Jade Spoon Pendant

Blue jade, spoon-shaped pendant with a stylized lizardlike form that is typically Olmec” (pg. 137: Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World). Part of collection from Mexico received from W.W. Blake, previously in collection of Father Agustin Fischer.

Jade Knife

Jade Knife

Collected by Lewis H. Ayme near an hacienda called “Nazareno” situated at the foot of Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico. Jade knife pendant with tubular perforation at top.

Jade Pendant

Jade Pendant

Collected in Mexico by Mr. Ward Batchelor. Pendant has two holes drilled at one end, and a “spine” running down length of pendant.

Jade Spoon Pendant

Jade Spoon Pendant

Sometimes called “Tadpole" pendant, it appears to be a cross-section of an embryonic frog or toad. “The Olmec-style tadpole consists of a horizontal spine line running across the top, two concave arched depressions corresponding to the head and a larger belly, and an elongated, bladelike tail, also showing a depression.” (pg. 129: Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico, 1996)

Jade Mask

Jade Mask

Jade mask with characteristic Olmec downturned lips and almond eyes. Collected by Mr. Thomas Lee in the 1890s, from the estate of W. Hallett Phillips.

Perforated Jade Pendant

Perforated Jade Pendant

. Jade knife pendant with tubular perforation at top. Collected by Dr. Walter Hough while on journey in Mexico in 1899

Head of Terracotta Figure

Head of Terracotta Figure

Figurine with ear spools, punctured eyes. Collected by Edward Nelson, from burial sites at Monetcristo in Tabasco.

Ceramic head

Ceramic head

Collected by Edward Nelson, from burial sites at Monetcristo in Tabasco.

Head of Terracotta Figure

Head of Terracotta Figure

Collected by Edward Nelson, from burial sites at Monetcristo in Tabasco.

Figurine Head

Figurine Head

Elongated figurine head. Collected in Mexico by E.O. Matthews, and transferred to Natural History in 1901.

Human Figure

Human Figure

Human figure carved in basalt, with circular depression at navel. Arms at sides, with characteristic Olmec features of downturned mouth and almond eyes, with drilled holes in lower ear lobes Collected in Mexico by E.O. Matthews, and transferred to Natural History in 1901.

Jadeite Figurine

Jadeite Figurine

Jadeite figurine with arms folded to chest, slightly bent knees. Figure has downturned lips. Collected in Mexico by E.O. Matthews, and transferred to Natural History in 1901.

Tuxtla Statuette

Tuxtla Statuette

The Tuxtla statuette, carved of jadeite diopside, bears columns of incised glyphs corresponding to 162 A.D. The statuette was found by a farmhand while plowing on an hacienda in Hueyapan in Veracruz. Figurine is wearing a duck bill mask. Incised glyphs decorate all sides of the figure .

Steatite Maskette

Steatite Maskette

Mask has characteristic Olmec downturned lips, slightly open mouth and almond eyes. Presented by Mr. Otokar Roubicell to Dr. Ales Hrdlicka.

Dragon God Ax

Dragon God Ax

Jade pendant carved in form of so-called Dragon god,. with characteristic cleft head, flame eyebrows, and downturned mouth. “Probably one of the earliest and, considering its ubiquity, most important deity in the Olmec pantheon is the dragon, a mythical creature whose features combine elements of serpents, caimans, eagles, jaguars, and humans. Here it is carved on a ceremonial jade ax head.” (Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World: pg. 141)

Serpentine Maskette

Serpentine Maskette

“This 3-inch-high ritual mask dating to 900 BC is made from serpentine, a highly prized green stone, and illustrates the expertise of Olmec stoneworkers.” (pg128: Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World) Presence of cinnabar across face.

Jade celt-like pendant

Jade celt-like pendant

This pendant was purchased by Martin L. Ehrmann from the estate of George W. Kunz, and in turn purchased from Ehrman for the collection of the U.S. National Museum

Figurine Head

Figurine Head

Large, hollow figurine head. Corner of head is missing. Part of a surface collection made by Matthew W. Stirling of the Bureau of American Ethnology. Expedition covered six sites from January to March in 1938. Site is located five miles northwest of Toluca in the state of Mexico.

Figurine Head

Figurine Head

Large, hollow figurine head. Corner of head is missing. Part of a surface collection made by Matthew W. Stirling of the Bureau of American Ethnology. Expedition covered six sites from January to March in 1938. Site is located five miles northwest of Toluca in the state of Mexico.

Figurine Heads

Figurine Heads

Lot of 100+ figurine heads. Collected at Tres Zapotes, Tuxtla District, during the winters of 1938-39 and 1939-40 by the Smithsonian Institution-National Geographic Society expedition under M.W. Stirling.

Figurine Heads

Figurine Heads

Lot of 100+ figurine heads. Collection from Tres Zapotes, Tuxtla District, during the winters of 1938-39 and 1939-40 by the Smithsonian Institution-National Geographic Society expedition under M.W. Stirling.

Figurine Heads

Figurine Heads

Lot of 100+ figurine heads. Collection from Tres Zapotes, Tuxtla District, during the winters of 1938-39 and 1939-40 by the Smithsonian Institution-National Geographic Society expedition under M.W. Stirling.

Figurine Fragments

Figurine Fragments

Lot of 50+ figurine fragments. Part of collection collected at Tres Zapotes, Tuxtla District, during the winters of 1938-39 and 1939-40 by the Smithsonian Institution-National Geographic Society expedition under M.W. Stirling.


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