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Olmec baby

Olmec baby

Olmec baby

Clay and pigment

H: 55; W: 22; D: 17 cm

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Maremont, Chicago, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

B77.0158

Arts/Americas

Few large, hollow Olmec figures achieve the sensitive treatment of this example. The baby is depicted as a ballplayer, with helmet and kneepads. The symmetrical balance of torso and limbs allows the oversized but finely detailed head to dominate the image.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Ekholm, Gordon F., The Maremont Collection of Pre-Columbian Art, Israel Exploration Society in cooperation with the Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum