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Photo: Elizabeth Mann


ca. 900 - 400 B.C.

Soft, fleshy figures, some seeming to represent babies, were made by the Olmec as monumental heads, ceramic figures, and diminutive maskettes. The Olmec considered jade their most precious material because it was associated with water and water’s life-giving forces. It amazes us today that this hard stone was tuned into such a delicate sculptural creation.
3 1/16 x 2 5/16 x 1 1/2 in. (7.78 x 5.91 x 3.81 cm)
Gift of John H. Hauberg
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Art of the Ancient Americas, July 10, 1999 - May 11, 2003
Published ReferencesSelected Works, Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1991, p. 59

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