|Object Name:||Shaman in transformation pose|
|Creation Date:||800 BC - 600 BC|
|Repository:||Private Collection in U.S.A.|
|Image source:||© Dr. Manuel Aguilar|
|Original photo taken by Dr. Manuel Aguilar in the Olmec Exhibition of Houston in 1995. |
This individual, surely a specific person and probably a Shaman in a transformation state, kneels with his arms resting on top of his knees, hands clenched, in quiet, intense concentration. The face is startling in its commingling of the individual and the ideal. The eyes are set in deep cavities under the strongly defined eyebrows. The fine line of the nose widens to a fleshy point. The smooth, shaved forehead provides a surface for incisions indicating this figure is in a shamanic trance.