Olmec Colossal Head

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by Mary Harrsch (Photographed at the de Young Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco)
published on 15 October 2012

A basalt colossal head from the Olmec civilization of Mesoamerica. Provenance: Veracruz, Mexico, 1200-900 BCE. The significance of the heads is disputed but as no two heads are alike and each headdress has distinctive designs they may represent rulers. (de Young Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco).

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