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Art & Literature Throughout the Ages

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« on: January 21, 2007, 02:09:18 am »

And next, to across the Atlantic:

Olmec art

An Olmec stone headSee [4] for photographs of an ancient Olmec "Bird Vessel" and bowl, both ceramic and dating to circa 1000 BC. Other ancient artifacts are listed (no photographs) at [5]. Ceramics are produced in kilns capable of exceeding approximately 900 C (see pottery). The only other prehistoric culture known to have achieved such high temperatures is that of Ancient Egypt ([6]; also see faience).

Much Olmec art is highly stylized and uses an iconography reflective of the religious meaning of the artworks. Some Olmec art, however, is surprisingly naturalistic, displaying an accuracy of depiction of human anatomy perhaps equaled in the Pre-Columbian New World only by the best Maya Classic era art. Olmec art-forms emphasize monumental statuary and small jade carvings. A common theme is to be found in representations of a divine jaguar. Olmec figurines were also found abundantly through their period.

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