|Object Name:||Crawling hollow figure (Olmec baby)|
|Creation Date:||1200 BC - 900 BC|
|Repository:||Private Collection in the U.S.A.|
|Image source:||© Dr. Manuel Aguilar|
|Original photo taken by Dr. Aguilar in the Olmec Exhibition of Houston in 1995. |
The depiction of pronounced physical activity in three-dimensional figures is rare in Olmec art. The face, ears, and shape of the head are stylized to conform to the Olmec ideal. The secure sense of balance, firm body, and taunt chest and abdomen suggest physical strength and coordination. The body and limbs are smooth and the face shows a distant expression. There is no genitalia. The gesture of the right arm is calm and reassuring; the lips are parted as though about to speak.