Mask Fragment


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This greenstone maskette fragment depicts the lower portion of a face with a downturned mouth that is typical of Olmec art from the 1st millennium B.C. The artist incised the cheeks with geometric designs and they were then filled with red pigment. Two holes under the chin could have held pendant beads as part of a larger set of ritual regalia.

Mask Fragment, Serpentine, Olmec

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