- 900–500 BCE
The carved stone images Olmec kings wore on their foreheads and chests projected supernatural power. This pendant is carved in the shape of a mythological animal that may represent a jaguar or some type of feline-like creature. It would have originally been suspended from a necklace by the drilled holes at the back of the figure. Objects such as these often accompanied the king on his journey through death to the otherworld.
Elaine Higgins Smith, Digital Collections Content Coordinator, 2015.
Carol Robbins, Label text [1968.20], A. H. Meadows Galleries, 2010.
Getty Vocabulary, AAT (pendants (jewelry): AAT: 300046002).