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An Olmec Serpentine Figurine at Dumbarton Oaks

  • Michael D. Coe (a1)


An Olmec figurine said to have been found at La Venta falls stylistically within the range of variation of other figurines known to be from that site. Four designs engraved on the upper parts of the limbs represent abstract were-jaguar heads identical with those of the serpentine mosaic pavements at La Venta. Thus, the pavements should be considered as examples of the Olmec style and not, as has been claimed, pre-Olmec.



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Coe, Michael D. 1966 The Olmec Style and Its Distributions. In Handbook of Middle American Indians, edited by Robert Wauchope, Vol. 3, pp. 73975. University of Texas Press, Austin.
Cue, William R. and Stuckenrath, Robert Jr. 1964 A Review of La Venta, Tabasco, and Its Relevance to the Olmec Problem. Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers, No. 31, pp. 144. Berkeley.
Drucker, Philip 1952 La Venta, Tabasco: A Study of Olmec Ceramics and Art. Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 153. Washington.
Drucker, Philip, Heizer, Robert F., and Squier, Robert J. 1959 Excavations at La Venta, Tabasco, 1959. Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 170. Washington.

An Olmec Serpentine Figurine at Dumbarton Oaks

  • Michael D. Coe (a1)


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