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OLMEC SERPENTINE FIGURE,
POSSIBLY GUERRERO REGION, MIDDLE PRECLASSIC, CA. 900-600 B.C.
Reminiscent of the unadorned Guerrero tradition of stone carving. The young lord takes the form of a highly attenuated scepter, standing with arms held closely to the sides, the tapering head flattened at top, sunken eyes, perhaps originally inlaid, rectangular, flange-like ears and downward-curving Olmec mouth, adorned with a close-fitting bell-shaped headdress; in green-black stone.
Unlike the contemplative posture of representations of shamans her the figure incorporates the image of the ruler as scepter.