June 15
West Mexico

 

 

Themes in Olmec sculpture:
Mythic images
  Sexual union of jaguar and woman
  Figures emerging from caves
  Figure holding baby with mask-like head
Effigies of supernatural beings
Human figures
Earth/ jaguar/ rulership imagery

 

 

Mythic image: sexual union of jaguar and woman

Monument 1 at San Lorenzo

Monument 1 at San Lorenzo. Olmec. 900 - 800 BC.
Townsend, Richard F. ed. The Ancient Americas: Art from Sacred Landscapes. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1992.

 

 

 

supernatural riding a jaguar

 

 

 

Mythic image: figures emerging from caves

Altar 4 La Venta

Altar 4 at La Venta
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 

 

San Lorenzo Hero Twins

Hero Twins? San Lorenzo. Early Formative.
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 

 

Mythic image: figure holding a baby with mask-like head

Las Limas figure

Las Limas Figure. Olmec. Middle Formative.
Townsend, Richard F. ed. The Ancient Americas: Art from Sacred Landscapes. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1992.

 

 

 

Inscriptions on the shoulders and knees of Las Limas figure

Inscriptions on the shoulders and knees of Las Limas figure
Coe, Michael D. and Rex Koontz. Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs. Fifth edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

 

 

 

Votive figure presenting masked baby

Votive figure presenting masked baby
Townsend, Richard F. ed. The Ancient Americas: Art from Sacred Landscapes. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1992.

 

 

 

Effigies of supernatural beings

Kunz Axe

Kunz Axe. Olmec. Middle Formative.
Townsend, Richard F. ed. The Ancient Americas: Art from Sacred Landscapes. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1992.

 

 

 

Human figures

Offering 4

Offering 4. La Venta. Middle Formative.
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 

 

Hollow Baby

Hollow Baby. Las Bocas. Early/ Middle Formative.
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 

 

Wrestler

Wrestler . Olmec. Early Formative.
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 

 

Earth/ jaguar/ rulership imagery

Petroglyph I

Petroglyph I, "El Rey" at Chalcatzingo. Olmec. Middle Formative.
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 

 

West Mexico

Dog with Human Mask

Dog with Human Mask. Colima. Late Formative
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 

 

The Ball Game

Ceramic ballcourt

Nayarit-style ceramic ballcourt model
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 

 

Ball Player

Ball player. 700 - 900 BC