For Students K-12
What does this mask appear to be made of?
How would this feel if you could touch it? Would it be warm or cold? Smooth or bumpy?
Notice the eye holes and holes on the side of the mask: this was meant to be worn. How do you think it would feel against your face?
The type of stone this is made from is called jadeite; this was a precious stone to the Olmec people who made this sculpture. Jadeite is a green-colored stone. The Olmec associated this stone with water and royalty and thought it symbolized purity. Who do you think would have worn this mask?