Olmec Colossal Stone Head

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by Maribel Ponce Ixba
published on 20 March 2014

An Olmec colossal stone head in basalt from San Lorenzo, c. 1200-400 BCE. Although all wear the hat or headdress worn during war and the Mesoamerican ballgame, each of these massive heads has unique features which suggests they depict specific Olmec rulers. In this example the head has unexplained drilled dimples which are also seen in some of the other heads.



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