Olmec Heads - scans of the 17 Olmec heads discovered so far; from Micah Wright's website. Colossal ancient Olmec head from San Lorenzo, Tenochtitlan, Mexico. c.1500 BC. Gulf coast of Mexico, there were about 20 discovered together. They are ruler portraits that have individual characteristics. Jaguar paws - everything resides in their heads - power. Fit into ritual and power structure.
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Early Maya (1800 B.C. to A.D. 250) - Temple Illuminatus
Maya fertility offering. This beautifully crafted piece shows the great skill of Maya sculptors, who were the best in all Mesoamerica. Small and very realistic, the work above clearly represents a woman of high status, and may have been modeled from a real person. Her headdress includes a jaguar, a symbol of great power. In some Maya city-states such as Palenque, women could become rulers.