Mexico, Olmec / Standing Figure / c. 900-400 BCMexico, Olmec
Standing Figure
c. 900-400 BC

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mexican
Creator Name-CRT: Mexico, Olmec
Title: Standing Figure
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -90
Creation End Date: -40
Creation Date: c. 900-400 BC
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Serpentine
Dimensions: Overall: 10.6cm x 4.5cm x 2.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1990.219
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener
Provenance: (Stendahl Galleries, Hollywood); James and Florence Gruener, Cleveland, 1959

The Olmec were Mesoamerica's greatest lapidaries; their work in jade and serpentine was prized by both contemporary and later Mesoamerican cultures. Human beings were jaguar traits (such as the downturned mouth and paw-like hands of this figurine) are common in Olmec art. Such creatures were probably believed to possess supernatural powers.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1990.219
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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