Cabezas colosales olmecas. Responsibility: Beatriz de la Fuente. Edition: 1. ed. Imprint: México, D.F.: El Colegio Nacional, Physical description: p. Jul 23, XI – Olmec – Las cabezas colosales olmecas son por lo menos diecisiete representaciones monumentales de piedra de cabezas humanas. Cyphers Anne «Las cabezas colosales», Arqueología Mexicana, II (12), pp. Escultura olmeca de San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán, UNAM, Mexico.

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Cheeks and chin are slightly prominent.

Historique de suppression English: As a result, the top is fragmented, although the broken pieces were recovered by archaeologists and have been put back into place. The ears are wearing large flattened rings that overlap the straps; they probably represent jade ornaments of a type that have been recovered in the Olmec region. A strap descends in front of the ear on each side of the head, descending as far as the earlobe. These constraints did not exist with captives and victims, the artists being limited only by technical and space considerations.

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At San Lorenzo, only the head of Mon. The flat backs of many of the colossal heads represented the flat bases of the monumental thrones from which they were reworked. City College of San Francisco. Parsons, Lee Allen A chinstrap fixes the whole thing. The nature and degree of the control exercised by the centres over a widespread rural population remains unclear.

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University of Texas College of Liberal Arts. The workforce would have included sculptors, labourers, overseers, boatmen, woodworkers and other artesans producing the tools to make and move the monument, in addition to the support needed to feed and otherwise attend to these workers.

Molded figurines after Scott Taladoire, Eric 11 October The base of the aquiline nose is in line with the flattened forehead, thanks to an artificial addition, clearly visible on many figurines. Journal of Archaeological Science. The face is somewhat asymmetric, possibly due to errors in the execution of the monument.

This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Cyphers, Ann September—October Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Jornadas en Homenaje a la Dra. Autonomous University of Barcelona. It has sagging cheeks and wide eyes. Teotihuacan helmeted ritual fighters. Deep seams flank the nose.

The upper portion of the headdress is decorated with a U-shaped motif. The headdress is of a single piece without a distinct headband. The ear jewellery is formed by olmceas squared hoops or framed discs. Naturalistic portraits differ from psychological and imaginary portraits such as those of Homer and Socrates by Lysippe, or Pericles by Cresilas Charbonneauxp.

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Basalt being in the Gulf area a rare and expensive material, it may have occurred in a few instances that an obsolete monument was turned into a sculpture of a different type. The trophy heads from Costa Rica and Panama also have open eyes.


The Olmec civilization developed in the lowlands of southeastern Mexico between and BC. These evocative stone face masks present both similarities and differences to the colossal heads. A and Q, La Cobata Mon.

Now take a look inside”. Only four of the seventeen heartland heads do not have flattened backs, indicating the possibility that the majority colosaes reworked monuments. The ears are adorned with disc-shaped earspools with pegs. Matthew Stirling fully excavated the monument inafter clearing the thick vegetation that had covered it in the intervening years. While no corresponding victorious figure was found with them, slabs showing severed heads were displayed in the same context, and a few colossal heads are known from the area ibid.

There we see the end of the colossal heads tradition with two monuments; Mon. The olmscas colossal heads from San Lorenzo originally formed two roughly parallel lines running north-south across the site. They were located approximately 0.

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