Olmec Sculpture | Ancient Mexico
48"L x 24"D x 60"H (5 Feet Tall)
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The Olmec were the first major Pre-Columbian civilization in Mexico.The most familiar aspect of the Olmecs is their artwork, particularly the aptly named colossal heads. Olmec civilization, which began sometime around 1400 BC, was centered in the Gulf Coast states of Veracruz and Tabasco. Olmec architects and artists produced the earliest monumental structures and sculptures in Mexico, including enormous basalt portrait heads of their rulers. The colossal sculptures in the exhibition weigh between 7 and 10 tons each.