Cabezas colosales olmecas. Responsibility: Beatriz de la Fuente. Edition: 1. ed. Imprint: México, D.F.: El Colegio Nacional, Physical description: p. Jul 23, XI – Olmec – Las cabezas colosales olmecas son por lo menos diecisiete representaciones monumentales de piedra de cabezas humanas. Cyphers Anne «Las cabezas colosales», Arqueología Mexicana, II (12), pp. Escultura olmeca de San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán, UNAM, Mexico.

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It is possible that this damage was caused by the initial stages of re-carving the monument into a colossal head but that the work was never completed.


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These are stylised and represented by one question mark shape contained within another. The face is smiling and has wrinkles under the eyes and at the edge of the mouth. Since our Western art tradition has put such a prize on naturalism, we tend to think that other civilizations valued it as much as we did and do.

Scott saw in these globes protective devices; Taube and Orrp.

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On the front portion it is decorated with five semicircular motifs. The Campus History Series.

Two short straps descend from the headdress in front of the ears. Naturalism or realism is often seen as the top end of the evolution of any art; as a consequence, it is also assumed that conventional, conceptual, stylized or abstract art came first, before developing into realism. On the other kind of emergence monument, the emerging personage holds ropes that restrain captives depicted on the sides. Large parts of the monument seem to be roughed out without finished detail. Bonzom, after Becquelin coolosales Baudez At the back of the head, ten interlaced strips form a net decorated with disc motifs.


The general physical characteristics of the heads are of a type that is still common among people in the Olmec region colosaes modern times. On human figures, the mouth, although less important, has also an arched upper lip, diagnostic feature of the feline mouth. The nose is slightly flattened, and the whole face is inexpressive. Take the heavily pitted face on which Coe and Diehl have counted sixty pits of Mon.

You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. They are squatting and seem to support a very important helmet with both hands. It was innovative in many areas, playing an important part in the elaboration of Mesoamerican calendar and arithmetic, and maybe in the invention of writing.

It was associated with a large number of broken ceramic vessels and figurines.

Molded figurines after Scott Baker, Kenneth 6 October The Olmecs developed monumental architecture and urban planning, and performed collective works that could have been produced only by strongly stratified societies.

Investigators have proposed that large Cerro Cintepec basalt boulders found on the southeastern slopes of the mountains are the source of the stone for the monuments. The heads date from at least BC and are a distinctive feature of the Olmec civilization of ancient Mesoamerica.

Agrandir Original jpeg, 1,8M. Decapitation is illustrated at El Baul, not far from Monte Alto, with an intentionally decapitated potbelly sculpture with its arms crossed on the chest, a submissive gesture ibid.


Dissertation, The University of Texas, Austin [unpublished]. Journal of Field Archaeology.

Coe and Diehl ibid. As a result, the top is fragmented, although the broken pieces were recovered by archaeologists and have been put back into place. The purpose of this paper is to show that this is not always the case, especially in the pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica, cabezzs as the Olmec and the Maya.


Besides, it may be observed on San Lorenzo Mon. Earth structures such as mounds, platforms and causeways upon the plateau demonstrate that the Olmec possessed the necessary knowledge and could commit the resources to build large-scale earthworks. These sculptures may well depict Olmec rulers overseeing the transport of the stone that would olmecaa fashioned into their monuments.

These heads, together with a number of monumental stone thrones, probably formed a processional route across the site, powerfully displaying its dynastic history. Taladoire, Eric 11 October The front of the headdress above the horizontal band is plain. Beatriz de la Fuente views them as a late regional survival of an older colpsales while other scholars argue that they are merely the kind of regional variant to be expected in a olmeecas settlement.