Olmec Jade Seated Child
A Pre-Columbian Olmec jade figure of a child seated with legs crossed and arms extended.
The first major civilization Meso-America was that of the Olmec. They established themselves in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico around 1500 BC. The Olmec were very advanced, with monumental architecture, colossal statuary, and an aristocracy that enjoyed fine objects of personal adornment in jade and obsidian that were imported from areas hundreds of miles away.
Formerly in the H. W. collection, New York; previously in the J. T. collection, previously in the S. M. collection, Pennsylvania, acquired in the 1960's - 70's.