Two Large Olmec Limestone Relief Sculptures of Scowling Olmec Rulers Discovered in Tabasco.

August 12, 2022

UNAM has reported to INAH the discovery of two large Olmec relief sculptures of Olmec style faces that had been carved in Tabasco. They are made of limestone and have similar iconography. They weigh 1543 pounds and date to 900-400 BCE.

The faces contain this iconography according to INAH;

“In the upper part and surrounded by celestial jaws, a diadem formed by four corncobs stands out, and in the center, a mirror with the so-called “Olmec cross”. ” (glyph that marks the attire of the elite and is associated with the figure of the jaguar); footprints can be seen on the sides; in front, the arms crossed and, in the middle part of the scene, the face from which the “grumpy mouth” stands out, which alludes to the roar of the jaguar.” 

The sculptures come from the Middle Usumacinta region and represents scowling Olmec rulers.

INAH has the report here (translated into English)

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