MASCULINE FIGURINE STANDING Olmec culture,...

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MASCULINE FIGURINE STANDING Olmec culture,...

MASCULINE FIGURINE STANDING Olmec culture, Cerro de las Mesas (?), Veracruz region, Mexico Middle
Pre-Classical, 900-400 BC.
Olive
green jadeite H. 10 cm - W. 4.2 cm
Standing human figure, green jadeite,
Veracruz, Mexico, H. 4 in - W. 1 3/8 in
Provenance: Private American

Collection Acquired by the present owner in 2002
Galerie Mermoz, Paris, 1999
Private European Collection, acquired before 1970
This marvellous figurine represents a standing man, dressed in a simple sex-cover, with a face characteristic of the Olmec style and pierced earlobes.
The surface is finely polished with traces of cinnabar.
It belongs to the universal type of jade and serpentine statuettes that have been discovered at La Venta and other Olmec sites in the form of funerary offerings grouped in a vertical position and associated with small green stone axes.
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