Olmec jade objects were of preference translucent blue green in color and were unsurpassed in the ancient Americas for compact, symmetrically balanced, three-dimensional form, and elegance of surface detail. Complex imagery characterizes Olmec sculpture in jade and the inclusion of feline and avian elements particularly add to the symbolic power of the depictions.

Olmec jade objects were of preference translucent blue green in color and were…

Why were Pre-Columbian Societies so Drawn to Jade?: Olmec Carved Figurine, Jadeite, Early to Middle Formative Period

Why were Pre-Columbian Societies so Drawn to Jade?

Jade was probably the most precious stone for ancient Mesoamerican people, and Olmec, Maya and Aztec lapidary artisans became masters in carving it.

Olmec Jade Celt Depicting a Were-Jaguar Origin: Mexico Circa: 900 BC to 300 BC

Olmeca Jade Celta Representando un Jaguar Origen: México Circa: 900 aC a 300 aC

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