Olmec Serpentine Head Middle Preclassic, circa 900 - 300 BC
Property from the Collection of Howard and Jane Cohen, Baltimore
Olmec Serpentine Head
Middle Preclassic, circa 900 - 300 BC
Height: 2 in (5.1 cm)
The head is carved in the classic style of complete standing figures, as best seen in the famous group of La Venta Offering 4. This serene yet confident face bears the high arched lips, deeply recessed eyes, long ear flanges, and high tapered head.
The nostrils and ears are carefully drilled. The greenstone shows the deep fluctuation of green serpentine tones.