Seated Figure

Olmec, Guatemala, c. 1,200-400 B.C.


Gift of Dr. Robert L. and Chitranee Drapkin


This jade figure depicts a king or dignitary seated on a throne or bench. The head is tilted back, and the full-lipped mouth, drooping at the corners, is open in speech. The broad shoulders, well-muscled torso, and thick arms are expressive of physical strength. The fingers of the hands—resting firmly on the throne—are not articulated. Drill marks appear at the corners of the mouth, nostrils, and corners of the eyes. The ears are pierced. Both legs were perhaps broken off below the knees as part of a funerary ritual.

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