Concave pectoral

CULTURE:
Olmec
DATE:
1200–400 BCE
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General Description

This pectoral or chest ornament is an extremely rare object from the Olmec tradition and one of the largest known examples. The concave surface is intricately carved with eight flanges spaced around the outer edges of all four sides and may represent foliage. This pectoral would have originally been suspended by a cord from the two smaller drilled holes at the top, tied at the neck, and worn hanging over the chest. The drilled perforation in the center indicates it may have originally been part of a larger pectoral, though its size would have already been impressive on its own.

Adapted from

  • DMA unpublished material.

  • Merrill C. Rueppel, DMA unpublished material, 1968.