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Olmecoid Stone Head - PF.3081
Origin: Mexico
Circa: 900 BC to 500 BC
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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Carved carefully out of stone, this beautiful piece is a combination of strength and delicacy. The solid stone gives it weight and substance, while the line carving adds grace and beauty. With his eyes seemingly closed, he looks up as if gazing into the sky. Geometric lines follow the contour of the eyes, and then continue down the back of the head. The mouth is curved downwards as in sadness or contemplation and the cheeks are gently carved into a beautiful pattern. The whole piece is smooth to the touch, and while he faces us directly, we cannot help but wonder at the expression on his face yet feel that we are able to communicate with him as he is able to do with us. - (PF.3081)


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