Vessel: fish with open mouth
- 1150–550 BCE
The Olmec site of Las Bocas, near the modern town of Izúcar de Matamoros in western Puebla, is a source of ceramics in the Olmec style. A refined naturalism, characteristic of the Las Bocas style, is present in this example. Many Mesoamerican peoples believed that the present world emerged out of a primordial sea and that the souls of the dead returned to such a watery place. This open-mouthed fish effigy was probably placed in a grave or tomb to accompany the dead back to the original sea.
Carol Robbins, Label text, A. H. Meadows Galleries, 2010.
Carol Robbins, Label text [1993.80 and 1993.81], A. H. Meadows Galleries, 2010.
- This work is stylistically related to objects found in archaeological contexts at Tlatilco.