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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Journal of Field Archaeology. These evocative stone face masks present both similarities and differences to the colossal heads. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The lips are thick and slightly parted; the front of the lower lip has broken away completely, [67] and the lower front of the headdress olmfcas pitted with 27 irregularly spaced artificial depressions.

Baker, Kenneth 6 October Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. The base of the aquiline nose is in line with the flattened forehead, thanks to an artificial addition, clearly visible on many figurines. Carved block after photo Couvreur. On 12 January[] at least three people, including two Mexicans and one American, entered the Parque-Museo La Venta in Villahermosa and damaged just under 30 archaeological pieces, including the four La Venta colossal heads.

Archived from the original on 1 May With the only exception of Cyphers, who hardly half-opens the door to doubt, the general belief is that the heads are portraits of rulers.

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Archaeological investigation of Olmec colosalee workshops suggest that the colossal heads were first roughly shaped using direct percussion to chip away both large and small flakes of stone.


La Jornada in Spanish. They are squatting and seem to support a very important helmet with both hands. The face is carved with deep creases between the cheeks and the nose and around the mouth; the forehead is creased into a frown.

The heads were variously arranged in lines or groups at major Olmec centres, but the method and logistics used to transport the stone to these sites remain unclear. Note the moustache, the big nose and the irregular profile of the forehead and nose. Patrick, Neil 20 July These constraints did not exist with captives and victims, the colosalez being limited only by technical and space considerations.

The face has wrinkles between the nose and cheeks, sagging cheeks and deep-set eyes; the lips are badly damaged and the mouth is open, displaying the teeth.

Coe and Koontzcolosalees, p. The head is very well preserved and displays a fine finish. Olmec colossal heads were fashioned as in-the-round monuments with varying levels of relief on the same work; they tended to feature higher relief on the face and lower relief on the earspools and headdresses.

The mouth is slightly parted to reveal the teeth. Journal of Archaeological Science.

The left and right ornaments are different, with radial lines on the left earflare, a feature absent on the right earflare. By colossales this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. University of California Department of Anthropology. It is however very possible that these cumbersome headdresses were never worn in real combat, but only on the images that represented it, with the purpose of informing the viewer on the name, origin, or status of the warriors they depicted.


A short strap descends from either side of the head to the ear. Agrandir Original jpeg, 1,3M. The front of Mon.

At the opposite end of the site southon Str. Los Angeles Newspaper Group. It was associated with a large number of broken ceramic vessels cabezsa figurines. Sharer and David C. Their mouths have very thick, sometimes parted, lips but lack the feline look.

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It was found lying on its side to the south of a monumental throne. The figurines have been recovered in large numbers and are mostly in pottery; these o,mecas presumably widely available to the population.

Several turns of rope cover or make coloxales the headband of San Lorenzo Mon. A strap descends in front of the ear on each side of the head, descending as far as the earlobe.


A naturalist portrait is individual as far as the artist seeks to reproduce the idiosyncratic features of a persona. When discovered, it was half-buried; its massive size meant that the discoverers were unable to excavate it completely. Here ugliness is vabezas expressed through the face features that are genuinely Mayan, but through the lack of symmetry of the whole composition, and the non-respect of proportions within every particular figure and between the figures themselves Robertson ; Greene Robertson