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Even though the mouth and nose of this figurine are realistically rendered, the eyes have completely disappeared and merged with the typical Olmec flaming eyebrow motif. (Continued on next page.)
Seated male figurine dressed as a supernatural beast (front view)
Central Mexican Pre-Classic
Early Pre-Classic (1200-600 B.C.)
Atlihuayán, State of Morelos
Clay with abundant traces of yellow and white pigments
29.5 x 21.3 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.
Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara