Home | Hall 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 |Supplementary Pages | Dictionary
Olmec mask. This magnificent work is about three thousand years old and it might have come from the area bordering Guerrero, Oaxaca and Puebla, zones of Olmec influence. The mask measures 10.2 cm in height and displays classic Olmec features, which evoke the jaguar, in addition to the characteristic V-shaped cleft in the upper part of the forehead. The Mexicas evidently recognized the artistic value of this mask and deposited it in Offering 20, some 2500 years after it was made, as one of their most prized possessions. How it arrived in the hands of the Mexicas is a matter open to interpretation, ranging from it was an inherited heirloom passed on from generation to generation, to an accidental discovery made by a rural farmer.
Last Modified: January 14, 1998.
Museo del Templo Mayor, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e História, México.
Seminario #8, Centro Histórico. Cuauhtémoc, México, D.F. 06060
Send comment to: Lourdes Cue