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Olmec Serpentine Head Middle Preclassic, circa 900 - 300 BC

Estimate:

5,000 to - 7,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Howard and Jane Cohen, Baltimore

Olmec Serpentine Head Middle Preclassic, circa 900 - 300 BC

Olmec Serpentine Head Middle Preclassic, circa 900 - 300 BC

Estimate:

5,000 to - 7,000 USD

Lot sold:

9,450

USD

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)

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Josef Mueller, Solothurn
Jean-Paul Barbier-Mueller, Geneva, by descent from the above
Sotheby's, New York, May 19, 1992, lot 281, consigned by the above
Howard and Jane Cohen, Baltimore, acquired at the above auction

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.