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Jeppson Idea Lab: Olmec Incised Standing Figure

<em>Olmec Figure of a Man</em>, detail

November 14, 2015 - April 3, 2016
Jeppson Idea Lab

Above: Olmec, Incised Standing Figure, detail, about 800 BCE, Dark green stone, 1958.32

Focusing on research conducted by John Garton at Clark University, this Idea Lab presentation examines a stone figurine from the Pre-Columbian civilization of the Olmec, Mesoamerica's earliest flourishing culture. In collaboration with the museum's conservation department, new scientific examination of the object's shape, pose, and surface scarification reveals Olmec ideals of spiritual power.

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Although small in stature, this stone figure reveals much about Olmec religion and culture. Learn what research performed in WAM's conservation lab has uncovered about this figure's facial scarification, body modification, and other spiritual symbols.

Speaker: John Garton, Clark University


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