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Olmec Merchant

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......on the road to the city of San Lorenzo (1200 BC). 

Draft. 

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IMAGE DETAILS
Image size
2707x4122px 741.89 KB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS REBEL T1i
Shutter Speed
1/128 second
Aperture
F/8.0
Focal Length
49 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jan 1, 2000, 12:01:21 AM
Sensor Size
12mm
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© 2020 coricancha
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SaxtorphArtProfessional Traditional Artist

That's so cool, there's not a lot of Olmec art out there, so I'm really excited about this. Also very intrigued by the helmet. What animal is that claw from? And what source do you have for the clothes (and helmet :D ) if you don't mind me asking?

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coricanchaProfessional General Artist

it's a jaguar claw. The Olmecs often depicted jaguars. In fact, the jaguar is one of the most depicted characters in Olmec art. The source is Monument 14, San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, a very important Olmec site (and quite early, ca. 1200 BC). Originally, Monument 14 might have been a throne, as there are many thrones in San Lorenzo which, by the way, are all excellent in quality. There is another throne, Altar 5, which shows a similar (but not identical) headdress. There are some authors who analysed Olmec iconography, for example H.B. Nicholson, David Joralemon, and Ann Cyphers.

Thanks a lot for your interesting question and your kind words!

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SaxtorphArtProfessional Traditional Artist

Ahh, that makes so much sense, for a moment I mistook it for a crocodile claw (which would have been nonetheless impressive). Thank you so much for providing these sources, that is very appreciated!

GregMele's avatar

Some new art! Hurrah! And a really early topic. I love it.

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coricanchaProfessional General Artist

Thank you GregMele!!