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Olmec Colossal Head

 
 
Olmec Colossal Head Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 23, 2018
1. Olmec Colossal Head Marker
Inscription.  
Colossal Head Replica
Culture: Olmec
Temporality: Early Preclassic 1200-900 BC.
Discovered: 1970
Place of origin: Texistepec, State of Veracruz, Mexico
Site: San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan
Measures: Length: 1.63 m Width: 1.55 m Height: 2.20 m
Author: Ignacio Pérez Solano

It is considered one of the colossal heads in the best state of conservation. The helmet includes a band with four elements that have been interpreted as feline claws or bird claws. Apparently, it was part of a sculptural set inside a sunken courtyard in the site of San Lorenzo.

The Olmec civilization flourished in Pre-Classical Mesoamerica from c. 1200 to 400 BC and is generally considered the predecessor of all subsequent Mesoamerican cultures such as the Maya and the Aztec.

Del pueblo de México al pueblo de Belice en ocasión del
XXXV Aniversario
de relaciones de amistad y cooperación.

From the people of Mexico to the people of Belize
on the occasion of the
XXXV Anniversary
of friendship and cooperation ties

Octubre/October 2017


 
Erected
Olmec Colossal Head Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 23, 2018
2. Olmec Colossal Head Marker
2017 by Gobierno de la República de México, Honorable Ayuntamiento de Xalapa and CEMEX.
 
Location. 17° 15.169′ N, 88° 46.533′ W. Marker is in Belmopan, Cayo. Marker is at the intersection of Constitution Drive and North Ring Road, in the median on Constitution Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belmopan, Cayo 7L1TJ KV7TL, Belize.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harriot W. Topsey (within shouting distance of this marker); Belize's 10th Anniversary of Independence (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Rt. Hon. George C. Price (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Founding of Belmopan (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Agripino Cawich Bridge (approx. 4.2 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  Olmec Colossal Heads. The replica in Belmopan is of the sculpture generally known as San Lorenzo Colossal Head 8. (Submitted on June 15, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.) 
 
Categories. AnthropologyNative Americans
 
Olmec Colossal Head and Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 23, 2018
3. Olmec Colossal Head and Markers
Olmec Colossal Head sculptor's marks image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 23, 2018
4. Olmec Colossal Head sculptor's marks
Rep. Aut. INAH, P/312(044) “00” 1495
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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