Smithsonian Olmec Legacy
Artifact Image Gallery
Record Count: (76 - 100 out of 624)
Colossal head, San Lorenzo Monument 1.This monument has also been referred to as “El Rey.” Written on slide: "Duplicate, San Lorenzo 1943"
Colossal head, San Lorenzo Monument 1.
Colossal head, San Lorenzo Monument 1.A large part of basalt, missing from the forehead, was found near the colossal head in 1945, and patched up with the help of concrete.Written on slide: “14A, San Lorenzo, 13A”
San Lorenzo Monument 3This colossal head is one of five heads excavated by Matthew Stirling during the 7th and 8th archaeological expeditions to San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán. To date, a total of ten colossal heads have been discovered at this site.
San Lorenzo Monument 4This colossal head is in a perfect state of preservation. A life-size reproduction by Mexican sculptor Ignacio Pérez Solano is located in front of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Tres Zapotes Monument Q.This colossal head was first described in 1965 by Heizer, Smith and Williams. It has also been referred to as Tres Zapotes No. 2 and as Nestepe Colossal Head No. 1. Written on slide: “Feb 62P, Santiago Tuxtla, Reject test 1.”
Tres Zapotes Monument Q.In 1950 this colossal head was moved from Cerro Nestepe, near Tres Zapotes, to the plaza of the village of Santiago Tuxtla by the presidente of the municipality.Written on slide: “Tres Zapotes (Santiago Tuxtla), duplicate”
La Venta Monument 5.This monument represents a kneeling “baby-face” figure, holding a rectangular bowl between its hands. Stirling described it in 1943 as “probably the most typically “Olmec” of any carving from la Venta.”
La Venta Monument 59, representing a jaguar throne.Written on slide: “Parque Olmeca, front view, Mar 70P5”
La Venta Monument 59.Written on slide: “Parque Olmeca, left side, (Hester), Mar 70P5”
La Venta Monument 24.This block of green gneiss carved in an L- shape is 3 feet 10 inches long and 1 foot 2 inches wide. It is reminiscent of the U-shape blocks of stone found in the 1940s at San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán and in 1968 at La Venta.Written on slide: “R.J.Squier, S5RG, Mon. 24, M-42 1, May 1955”
La Venta Monument 20.This monument was uncovered during construction of the airstrip at La Venta. The archaeological team believed it to represent a whale- like animal, including blowhole and dorsal fins.Written on slide: “R.J. Squier, Sh3RA, Reject Test 6, M-20 1, Mar 1955”
La Venta Monument 8.Written on slide: “LV mon., Apr 71P8”
La Venta Monument 63.This basalt monolith is 256 cm high. It is located at the La Venta Museum in Villahermosa, Tabasco.Written on slide: “May 68P13, LV Mon”
La Venta Monument 63.The bas-relief carving on this monument depicts a human figure holding what appears to be the figure of a shark, with opened mouth.Written on slide: “Apr 71P8, New LV stela (Mon. 63)”
La Venta Monument 13.The low relief carving on this basalt columnar block depicts a bearded man, a foot print on his left and glyph-like symbols on his right.Written on slide: “Mon 13, 17”
La Venta Monument 23.This carved and mutitaled human statue is approximately lifesize. The head and arms may have been broken off on purpose, sometime in the distant past.Written on slide: “Philip Drucker, S5R10, Olmec-La Venta Expedition, Mexico, PD95, 21, May 1955, 1955 monuments”
La Venta Monument 23.This monument was found lying on a limestone slab beneath drift sands on the clay surface of Mound A-5 at La Venta.Written on slide: “R.J. Squier, La Venta, Sh3RA, 4, Mon 23, M-253”
La Venta Monument 23.The large, round pendant hanging off the three-strand necklace may well represent a metallic mirror of the sort found in Offerings 9 and 11. Written on slide: “may 71P3”
La Venta Offering No. 1. This small dedicatory offering consists of 20 large, roughly made pseudo-celts of serpentine.Written on slide: “La Venta, offering 1, cache of serpentine celts found beneath monument 13, part of offering 2 shows at left, X-9, 3/18/55”
La Venta Monument 19.The low relief carving on this basalt boulder depicts two figures: one of a seated man with what appears to be a jaguar mask; the other of a rattle snake or plumed serpent encircling the seated figure.Written on slide: “Feb 68P5, La Venta sculpture disc. 1955, 16, 19A”
La Venta Monument 19.The carving on this monument seems to follow the natural outline of the boulder. According to Drucker, Heizer and Squier, this “implies absence of convention-bound art together with great virtuosity of the artist.” (page 197)Written on slide: “19”
La Venta Monument 19.One of the members of the 1968 expedition kneeling by Monument No. 19. (check: who is this?)
La Venta Monument 45.This large stone bowl is 44 cm high and has a maximum diameter of 109 cm. Sides and bottom are 8 cm thick.Written on slide: “May 68P13”
La Venta Monument 45.This stone bowl, carved from basalt, is complete, although it is cracked into four large pieces. Written on slide: “Feb 68P5”
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