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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If the file has been modified from its original state, some details may not fully reflect the modified file. The heads date from at least BC and are a distinctive feature of the Olmec civilization of ancient Mesoamerica. These lips, with the thick fleshy nose, give the Danzantes a Negroid cast which recall certain Olmec figures.

Lifelikeness, verisimilitude, or emotional expressions are not criteria for portraits. Generally, these idiosyncrasies are irregularities or defects in shapes or proportions of individual features.

The face is hairless or carefully shaved 10 and the chin slightly protruding.

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Colozales Original jpeg, k. The heads were variously arranged in lines or groups at major Olmec centres, but the method and logistics used to transport the stone to these sites remain unclear. Agrandir Original jpeg, 2,3M. It is a very important issue inasmuch as true portraits demonstrate the perception of a human being as an individual.


A large flap formed of four cords drops down both sides of the head, completely covering the ears. This image appeared on Wikipedia’s Main Page in the Did you know?

Olmec colossal heads

The nose cabezs broad even at its base and, at the end, it omlecas flattened with two nostrils indicated by round depressions. The nose is slightly flattened, and the whole face is inexpressive. This page was last edited on 20 Decemberat The Olmec colossal heads are stone representations of human heads sculpted from large basalt boulders. The head is also depicted wearing a nose-ring. Some of the Olmecs’ rulers seem to have served religious functions.

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Carved block after photo Couvreur. These are stylised and represented by one question mark shape contained within another. Hammond, Norman March Examples of script have been found on roller stamps and stone artefacts; the texts are short and have been partially deciphered based on their similarity to other Mesoamerican scripts.

Massive boulder heads in Central America remain a mystery …”. The hands hold a tubular object.

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Colossales of Archaeological Science. Here ugliness is not expressed through the face features that are genuinely Mayan, but through the lack of symmetry of the whole composition, and the non-respect of proportions within every particular figure and between the figures themselves Robertson ; Greene Robertson Each ear has a prominent ear ornament that descends from the earlobe to the base of the monument.


The headdress is elaborate and, although caezas, various details are still discernible. Unlike Spindenp. According to this hypothesis, the great majority of the colossal heads had been carved out of them.

The latter must not be assumed; they have to be demonstrated through the recurrence of individual features. 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 is however very possible that these cumbersome headdresses were never worn in real combat, but only on the images that represented it, with the purpose of informing the viewer on the name, origin, or status of the warriors they depicted.

Above the forehead is a large element forming a three-toed foot with long nails, possibly the foot of a bird.