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Colossal Head 4 (replica)

Olmec Culture

 

— San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, Vera Cruz, 1200-900 B.C.E. —

 
Colossal Head 4 (replica) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 22, 2010
1. Colossal Head 4 (replica) Marker
Inscription.  
This portrait of an Olmec ruler is among 17 colossal heads known from one of the world’s great ancient civilizations. Without wheels or iron tools, the Olmec created spectacular monumental sculptures and ceremonial centers on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. In 1946, Smithsonian archaeologist Matthew W. Stirling excavated the 6-ton basalt original of this head, which is on display at the Museum of Anthropology in Xalapa, Veracruz.

Replica carved from welded volcanic ash by Ignacio Perez Solano and presented to the Smithsonian Institution by the government of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, and the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, October 2001.
 
Erected 2001 by the State of Veracruz, Mexico, and the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyArts, Letters, MusicNotable Places.
 
Location. 38° 53.504′ N, 77° 1.598′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in
Colossal Head 4 (replica) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 6, 2010
2. Colossal Head 4 (replica)
Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 50) east of 12th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the grass at the northwest exterior of the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20560, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cedar of Lebanon (within shouting distance of this marker); Solomon G. Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Equal Justice Under the Law (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Our Tax Dollars (about 400 feet away); Petrified Wood (about 500 feet away); Nathan Hale (about 700 feet away); The American Elm that Grew Along with America (about 700 feet away); Triceratops horridus (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
More about this marker. Included on the marker is a map of the Gulf of Mexico region, locating the “Olmec Culture.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Olmec. (Submitted on January 8, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Alternative Origin Speculations. (Submitted on January 8, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Mesoamerica; National Mall.
 
Colossal Head 4 (replica) and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 6, 2010
3. Colossal Head 4 (replica) and Marker
Closeup of plaque on Colossal Head 4 (replica) image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 22, 2018
4. Closeup of plaque on Colossal Head 4 (replica)
Colossal Head 4
(replica)

Olmec Culture
San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan
Veracruz, Mexico, 1200 - 900 B.C.E.

Gift to the Smithsonian Institution from the
government of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, and the
Washington Center for Internships and
Academic Seminars

October 2001
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 885 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on January 10, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on January 22, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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