Xalapa, Museo de Anthropologie
This museum is considered by many to be the best in Mexico, even when compared to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. I went with the eyes of an artist, not an anthropologist, looking at each piece as an inspiration for my own work. I offer these pictures for your enjoyment, and to share the beauty produced by the oldest cultures in Mexico, the Olmec, Totonac, and Huasteca. I Suggest you view these as a slide show.

The following from www.verotika.org/olmecoverview.html
The Olmec culture flourished from around 1200 to 300 BC in central Mexico and parts of Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica. Olmec works of art, made of stone, clay, and jade, represent the first sophisticated artistic style thus far discovered in the Americas.

Because no written records of the Olmecs survive, Olmec society is recontructed on the basis of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, tools, and other objects that have survived. Some scholars use the term Olmec to name a complex civilization that formed the foundation of all Mexican civilizations. Other use the term, however, to designate an artistic style. The name derives from the Aztec word "Olman" ("Rubber Country") for the topical lowlands near the Gulf of Mexico, where the Olmec archaeological sites are found. It is said that at the time of the Conquest, rubber trees were plentiful.

The hallmark of the Gulf Coast Olmec is the monumental basalt sculpture in the form of colossal heads, thrones and human figures, and supernatural creatures. But the stone does not occur naturally in the region. The massive blocks of stone were imported from mountains some sixty miles away, a task that required a large, well-managed labor force. The colossal heads from San Lorenzo are the oldest known representations of Olmec rulers. Their large scale denotes the ruler's superhuman power, but their expressive faces are realistic portraits of specific individuals.
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