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One of seventeen known colossal heads for which Olmec culture is famed, this one was found in the major Olmec site of San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan. Scholars are divided between those who think these are portraits of rulers and those who think they may be the heads of decapitated enemies or ballplayers.

Colossal Head # 6
Middle Pre-Classic (1000-600 B.C.)
San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, State of Veracruz
1.67 x 1.41 m.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara