Villahermosa – Museo Regional de Antropología

Olmec Stone Relief

This large stone carving is clearly a memorial to someone, with closed eyes and arms crossed over the chest – something still done to this day across the world. The temple/hill symbol above his head probably symbolises where he was from, and this appear to have a foot on each side which presumably describes the places name. The flat, round shape suggest it may have lain flat on the ground as a grave stone or marker. The stone is Olmec in origin and dates to the Classic Era, 200BC-800BC.

© Robin Heyworth, 30th December 2001

A large stone relief of a deceased man